‘The Gypsy King’ announced his retirement from boxing after his KO win over Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium in April.
While he has persistently maintained that he will not be retired, many in the sport, including his own promoters, have suggested Fury will return to contend for the undisputed world heavyweight championship.
Fury still holds the WBC title, with Usyk in possession of the IBF, WBO and WBA belts – from Joshua after a brilliant win over the Brit in London last year.
Usyk vs Joshua II will take place in Saudi Arabia in August, with that fight expected to be officially confirmed next week.
According to that The Middle East kingdom, Daily Mail, are planning an even bigger investment to stage an undisputed showdown against the winner and Fury in a fight they are calling “the next Rumble In The Jungle”.
The proposed date for the fight is December 17 – the day before the World Cup final which thousands of England fans are still hoping to catch in Qatar.
Saudi Arabia is keen to host the biggest fight in heavyweight boxing history – one that will crown the division’s first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis.
A Saudi government source said: “Now the eyes of the world will be firmly on the Kingdom for Joshua v Usyk as a prequel to Tyson Fury against the victor for the undisputed crown, a generation-defining event comparable to Muhammad Ali’s Rumble In the Jungle. ‘
Fury has not vacated his WBC title despite his promise of retirement with a fight against Joshua seen as a fight just too big to turn down.
However, Joshua must first avenge his loss to former cruiserweight king Usyk, one of the sport’s pound-for-pound bests, who dominated him for 12 rounds last September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
But should ‘AJ’ reclaim the world titles this summer, his promoter Hearn believes a Battle of Britain vs Fury will become an ‘automatic’ fight by the end of the year.
“Losing to Usyk is never terrible, the Fury fight is always there, but for the undisputed world heavyweight championship that it would be, it would just be the greatest fight ever,” Hearn told The Sun.
“And I think if AJ beats Usyk, that would be an auto fight, which you’ll see in December.”
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