Bob Arum will be backing Oleksandr Usyk when he fights Anthony Joshua in September

Tyson Fury’s promoter Bob Arum says Fury will have plenty of fighting options in the United States if an undisputed world title fight against Anthony Joshua is delayed.

Boxing fans were forced to wait yet again for a greatly anticipated bout between Fury and Joshua when it was announced that Fury was contractually obliged to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time.

Joshua fights mandatory WBO challenger Oleksandr Usyk on September 25th, in what will be a tough fight against the undefeated Ukrainian.


Tyson Fury’s promoter Bob Arum isn’t concerned about a delay to an Anthony Joshua fight


Defeat for Joshua will prove another stumbling block in a potential fight against Fury, who fights Wilder on October 9th.

Should Joshua lose, he will have an immediate rematch with Usyk. 

But this doesn’t seem to concern Fury’s promoter and Top Rank boss Bob Arum, who admits that he will actually be rooting for Usyk. 

‘Usyk is a friend of mine because he is Vasiliy Lomachenko’s friend,’ Arum told Sky Sports. 

‘He is a terrific guy, funny, articulate and smart.

Anthony Joshua’s four titles are on the line when he faces Oleksandr Usyk in September

‘It is against my economic interest, but I will be rooting for him in the fight! I just can’t help myself.’ 

Fury’s appeal in the United States is another reason for Arum’s stance. 

The 32-year-old won over many fans in the US throughout his two bouts against Wilder, and even made a guest appearance on WWE’s Smackdown in 2019.

‘There are a lot of good heavyweights that we could fight,’ Top Rank boss Arum told Sky Sports.

‘Tyson, because of his personality, has really appealed to the American audience and is such a big favourite in the US.

‘He is larger than life, he is a straight talker, and people in the States love him.

‘We would do a fight for Tyson in the US while Joshua and Usyk finish their business.’ 

Tyson Fury will defend his WBC and The Ring titles against Deontay Wilder on October 9th


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