Bob Arum confirms Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk ARE in talks over money-spinning undisputed title fight in Saudi Arabia despite the Gypsy King’s denial
- Arum, Fury’s US promoter, says negotiations are back underway for the bout
- Fury took to Instagram to deny discussions were taking place for a Saudi clash
- But Arum has gone against him by opening talks with promoters Skills Challenge
Fury took to Instagram last month to describe plans for a blockbuster bout with Usyk in the Middle East as ‘bull****’, despite the Ukrainian’s team stating that talks were underway.
However, Arum’s recent comments have given fans hope that a fight to unify the division for the first time since Lennox Lewis beat Evander Holyfield in 1999 will finally take place.
Speaking to Ringside Reporter, Arum said: ‘I have talked to a representative of Skills Challenge, who put on these boxing events in Saudi Arabia.
‘We know these people, we worked for them in connection with the Jake Paul and Tommy Fury fight, so we know who the players are and we’ve had some very interesting talks with them.’
Bob Arum has confirmed negotiations are underway for Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi
Arum claims to have held talks with promoters Skills Challenge, who have previously staged high-profile bouts in the Middle East
A fight between the pair would unify the division for the first time since Lennox Lewis in 1999
When asked whether the discussions with Saudi representatives concerned a December bout, Arum said: ‘Yes, that is correct’.
Fury and Usyk held negotiations earlier this year for an undisputed showdown, but failed to reach an agreement before the Ukrainian’s team pulled out of talks due to Fury’s demands.
Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk placed the blame firmly at the door of the Gypsy King, accusing Fury of putting too many obstacles in the way of an agreement.
However, it is believed talks reopened sooner after – with discussions over a potential double-header in the Middle East later this year taking place.
The tournament-style card would see Fury and Usyk fight on the same night as Anthony Joshua and Wilder in Saudi Arabia.
However, Fury took to social media to shutdown claims he was entertaining talks over a double-header, writing on Instagram: ‘I can confirm that these rumours are absolute BS!’
Krassyuk seemed to imply Fury was lying, though, and that the Gypsy King was running scared as he wrote on his own Instagram: ‘He’s s****ing his pants again.’