Tyson Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren believes Anthony Joshua’s camp should be considering stepping aside to allow Oleksandr Usyk to fight the Gypsy King in a unification bout.
The 33-year-old Brit retained his WBC belt with a thrilling victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday night, surviving two knockdowns to finally KO his American opponent in the 11th round.
Fury has been granted 30 days to try and agree a unification fight with Usyk – who holds the other three belts – but the Ukrainian is contracted to fight Joshua for a second time after AJ triggered a rematch clause.
The Gypsy King may therefore take on WBC mandatory Dillian Whyte if he beats Otto Wallin at the end of the month, but veteran promoter Warren would rather see Fury take on Usyk if Joshua was prepared to step aside and fight the winner at a later date.
Asked if Fury would consider asking Joshua to step aside to allow for an undisputed fight with Usyk, Warren told iFL TV: ‘Well I think really that’s something for the other side to sort out.
‘That’s for them to sort out. If he did step aside, theoretically if that happened then maybe the winner – which I believe will be Tyson – then fights Joshua. I don’t know, that could be.
‘The one thing the WBC have said is that if we can get a unification on then do it. The only thing stopping that from happening is the fact they’ve got this rematch clause and the only one who can stop the rematch is Anthony Joshua.’
Warren feels Joshua should give serious consideration to stepping aside after being outboxed and outclassed by Usyk last month and is not convinced he will fare any better in the rematch, particularly without any tune-up fights in between.
He continued: ‘If he takes it [the Usyk rematch], he takes it. If I was Anthony Joshua, to be quite honest, irrespective of what we would like, I would sort of think [twice] about taking that fight.
‘I would try and get a couple more fights in, or at least get another fight under my belt before I go for that because that is a tough fight for him. A tough, tough fight.
‘Usyk will be spurred on by the last one and I think he’ll be thinking to himself, “You know what, if I had really stepped it up I could have stopped him”. He nearly stopped him in the last round, they were about to throw the towel in.
‘So that could happen, but that’s all their business to get on with and we’ll focus on where we are and at the moment Tyson is the stand-out heavyweight now, and the stand-out heavyweight of his generation.’
Asked if he has spoken to Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk, who was in Las Vegas for the Fury-Wilder fight, Warren added: ‘No I didn’t. We didn’t get round to it, but I know there has been a conversation but I don’t want to go into that.’
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