Oleksandr Usyk offers new date for Tyson Fury fight

Oleksandr Usyk watched Tyson Fury’s win over Francis Ngannou from ringside

“I don’t think about Tyson Fury at all … I think about myself, about my team, about my family. I don’t need to think about my opponent. I just need to be with him, fight and that’s it.”

Usyk possesses an unblemished 21-0 record as a professional fighter, including back-to-back wins over Anthony Joshua after stepping up to heavyweight level.

He last fought Daniel Dubois in Poland in August in a controversial bout.

Fury, meanwhile, was knocked down by professional boxing debutant Ngannou in Saudi Arabia in October and only narrowly secured victory via split decision.

The 35-year-old’s WBC belt was not on the line in the clash, but Fury subsequently described it as one of his “toughest fights”.

“That definitely wasn’t in the script,” Fury said afterwards to TNT Sports.

“I got caught round the back of the head [for the knockdown]. I wasn’t hurt. I got up and got back to my boxing.

“He’s an awkward man and a good puncher and I respect him a lot. He’s given me one of my toughest fights of the last 10 years.”

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