It is obvious that Tyson Fury wants to become the ongoing heavyweight champion of the world. For that to happen, however, the WBC and lineal heavyweight champion must meet and defeat WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk. A Fury-Usyk match seems plausible, after all, as Usyk, like Fury, clearly wants to be the sole ruler of the heavyweight division. The problem, of course, is modern boxing, which more often than not gets in the way of one’s progress with feuds, coiffure, bias, and damaging bureaucratic regulation. Luckily for Fury and Usyk, the WBC appears to be paving the way for the two men to knock down all the proverbial marbles.
Sky Sports reports Fury “will not be forced to box a mandatory challenger before a fight with Usyk, the unified WBO, IBF and WBA heavyweight title, if that bout can be made afterward.” This should allow Fury to breathe easier, as old foe Deontay Wilder is reportedly set to face former heavyweight titlist Andy Ruiz in a WBC title eliminator. “There was real interest in unfolding Fury vs. Usyk,” Sky Sports quotes WBC honoree Mauricio Sulaiman who said, “it would be a great possibility and then the winner would have to fight WBC obligatory once confirmed.”
All of which means that the WBC will be willing to pause Fury facing the winner of Wilder-Ruiz, as long as that winner faces the winner of a fight between Fury and Usyk. The idea of a Fury-Usyk bout winner facing a Wilder-Ruiz bout winner should be appealing, even as Fury ends up fighting Wilder for the fourth time. Although Fury has already beaten Wilder twice and fought him to a draw once, there is no question that the previous three contests between the two men have been memorable, with each fighter hitting the mat on numerous occasions.
While things have a way of not working out in the contemporary fight scene (there are three other major belts besides the WBCs, for example), Sulaiman seems to think things could actually work out right this time around. “If that happens, it will be a tremendous fight for the world,” he said of a Fury-Usyk match, “and the WBC stands by it as long as the mandatory contender’s rights are not infringed. So the timing right now looks very good for that to happen. Indeed.