Tyson Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum does not expect ‘The Gypsy King’ to fight this summer.
Instead, Arum believes Fury will wait until the end of the year to take on Oleksandr Usyk in an undisputed heavyweight world title clash.
This would be part of a rumoured Saudi-Arabian funded heavyweight tournament that would also feature Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder and it is expected to take place in December this year.
“I really think any of the money that anybody’s talking about for that fight pales in comparison to what they could make in the middle east,” Arum, who promotes Fury in the United States, told Pro Box TV.
“They’re waiting now, both fighters, for the end of the year, to fight each other in the middle east, because that’s where the big money is.
“Right now I think he’s going to wait [to fight], but with Tyson Fury it depends on how he wakes up in the morning.”
This comes after Arum was recently asked by Ringside Reporter Live if Andy Ruiz was likely to be Fury’s next opponent and replied. “No, not really. We’re focusing on the Chinese kid that beat Joe Joyce, [Zhang].
Asked if Zhang, 40, was the frontrunner, Arum replied ‘Yes’ and added: “It’s likely for July, we’re trying to close that out over this weekend.”
But, this no longer seems to be the case, as Fury’s full attention is now on a fight with Usyk.
At a recent speaking event, Fury was asked to address a potential clash with Usyk and he said: “The fight’s gotta happen, it’s gotta happen this year.
“I just think it’s an easy job, straightforward job.
“I’ll hit him, he’ll hit the floor, then I’ll go out and get drunk in the town centre.”
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