Top Rank chairman Todd Du Boeuf says boxing fans can “dream” of a mega-fight where Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder go head-to-head in a historic heavyweight showdown, but also warns that ” not every fight can be the world.” Cup Final”.
While Usyk is set to face mandatory challenger Daniel Dubois, Fury’s immediate future remains unclear as the WBC champion continues to be linked with multiple potential opponents.
The pair were set to meet in the undisputed heavyweight blockbuster at Wembley Stadium in April, only for talks to collapse after what turned out to be a blame game.
Reports, albeit faint, later circulated of a potential superfight in Saudi Arabia that would see Fury face Usyk and Joshua on the same card as Wilder.
“There are so many challenges to make it happen,” DuBoeuf told Sky Sports. “I never say never, it’s a great idea.
“Can it actually happen? I don’t know. Is it real? I don’t know. There is nothing wrong with dreaming. If it’s a big dream and it comes true, that’s great for everybody, but if it’s a big dream and it doesn’t work out, you have a loss of expectations and disappointment from the fighters and the fans.
“We don’t want to organize, we don’t want people to be disappointed because they were expecting something and it didn’t happen.
“It happens a lot every day, it’s like, ‘I wanted this fight, but it didn’t work out.’ It’s difficult because not every match is a UEFA Champions League final, you have to play the regular season. cannot hold the final of the world championship every day.
“Society criticizes sport because they don’t get the UEFA Champions League final three times a year.”
Team Usyk seemed unhappy with the idea of splitting the purse, which heavily favored Fury, while Fury was highly critical of Usyk’s stance on securing a rematch spot.
Their feud extended the wait for the first undisputed fight in the heavyweight division since Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield in November 1999.
“I think one of the deciding factors was the timing because, unfortunately, you have the must-haves, and when you have all these titles, you have a string of No. 1 contenders,” DuBoeuf explained.
“It’s a bit of an organizational dysfunction that happens in this sport because we’re a century and a half in, you try to manage it, but I think it’s created some problems and an urgency in trying to achieve it. a certain amount of time.
“There are a number of issues and that was one of them.”
Although the pair have turned their attention to other opponents this summer, it is hoped that a fight can be arranged before the end of the year.
“Ideally, it would be good if the fight had already taken place,” DuBoeuf added.
“Usick is a big fight for him, (Anthony) Joshua is a big fight for him, those are the two fights we’d like to see him in and I think they’re the two fights he’d like to do.
“Our goal has always been to align what we think is best for him, the sport and the fans, and those two are at the top.”
Fury, meanwhile, has been linked with a possible fight against Australian Demsey McCann, who has come down to watch Joseph Parker in action this week.
“There are so many different options, and obviously we’re partnering with Queensberry on the Fury project,” DuBoeuf said.
“The most important thing is that he wants to be in the ring, the thing is, we always want the Super Bowl of boxing and we say, ‘why can’t we do it?’, timing is everything.”
“The Usik fight was probably supposed to happen, but the timing was off in the spring, so the question is, can we get him back in the ring as soon as possible?
“We know he likes being active for his mental stability and likes to be in the gym and motivated for a fight.
“I’ve learned to be very flexible with Tyson’s opponents and the next fights because there’s a lot of impulse and ‘I want to do this.’ All we know is that he wants to fight and get in the ring as fast as possible.
“I think he wants to be in the ring, that’s our goal as well, trying to satisfy that need to get in the ring and keep him active.”
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