Frank Warren compares Fury-Usyk to World Cup as he outlines fight plans

Frank Warren has said that any potential match between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk would be boxing’s “World Cup” when discussing plans for a heavyweight unification fight.

Recently, talks of a match have increased after Tyson Fury beat Derek Chisora on Saturday. Usyk was actually in attendance to witness Fury’s tenth-round stoppage win, facing off against the Gypsy King following the fight.

As Fury animatedly insulted his rival, the Ukrainian heavyweight stared straight at the WBC champ. Also, rather hilariously, Usyk took a phone call whilst face-to-face with Tyson.

This box-office interaction has fuelled talk of a showdown that could produce a unified champ in boxing’s heavyweight division. Promoter Frank Warren is all for it, labelling Fury – Usyk as boxing’s “World Cup”.

“You’ve got the World Cup and the Olympics, they both go wherever there’s the most money,” said Warren, via Evening Standard. “This is our World Cup.

“If Saudi [Arabia] put up the money, fantastic. It’s about where we can generate the most income. I think it’s a bit early to say, but they’ve put their boxing where they want to be, and this is the biggest heavyweight fight out there for God knows how many years.”

Warren sets March date for “World Cup” Fury – Usyk fight

Although clearly interested in going to the highest bidder, Fury’s promoter refuses to rule out hosting the Usyk fight in the UK.

“It’s a historic fight and London is certainly in the conversation because Tyson loves the atmosphere at his UK fights.”

Frank Warren then gave fans a massive boost by giving a timeframe in which to agree the bout.

“We’re looking to get this away by early March latest,” he added. “I’m a lot more confident with this one than the Anthony Joshua one. But, until it’s signed, we’re not there.”

Should the fight go ahead, we could see the first undisputed heavyweight champ since Lennox Lewis in 2000. Therefore, arguments have already kicked off online over who would win. Bob Arum has warned people against doubting Oleksandr Usyk as a result.

Bob Arum warns fans about underestimating Usyk

The American promoter compared the Ukrainian heavyweight’s toughness to that displayed by the military in Ukraine.

“He’s a Ukrainian,” said Arum, via iD Boxing on Twitter. “Ukrainians fight like nobody else in the world. People didn’t give them a chance against Russia, a much bigger country. And they knocked the c**p, they are knocking the c**p out of Russia.

“Don’t bet against the Ukrainian,” he emphasised. “I think Tyson wins the fight, but Usyk will give him everything that he has.”

Another talking point surrounding the fight is an injury that Tyson Fury sustained on the weekend. During his victory over Chisora, the Gypsy King badly hurt his hand. Per the Daily Mail, he will also need surgery to right a problem with his elbow, which could delay any fight plans by over six weeks.

So, who knows when Fury and Usyk will do battle? If Frank Warren’s comments come true, boxing fans may not have too much longer to wait.

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