WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury appears to be losing patience regarding a potential heavyweight title fight with fellow gold holder Oleksandr Usyk once again setting a deadline date for the bout and stating who will draw former UFC top heavyweight Francis Ngannou next if a deal can’t be fulfilled.
Fury, the reigning WBC undisputed heavyweight champion, has yet to return to the ring since he defeated three-time foe Derek Chisora in a dominating 10th-round TKO victory over the veteran in December of last year.
Since then though, the Morecambe native has been continually linked with a title fight against Ukrainian champion Usyk; however, despite ongoing negotiations between both sides, an agreement has yet to be reached between Fury and the latter.
Amid the aforementioned Ngannou’s official departure from the UFC following the completion of his contractual obligations, the Cameroon native has been mentioned as a possible next opponent for Fury, particularly in a hybrid rules matchup.
And according to Fury, the British heavyweight champion has given another month’s deadline for the Usyk fight to come to fruition, before he switches lanes and offers to fight Ngannou next.
“I hope so, I really hope so,” Tyson Fury said of scoring a fight with Francis Ngannou this year during an interview with Give Me Sport. “Because if (Oleksandr) Usyk doesn’t happen like this month approaches, then I’m going to say, at that point, let’s go ahead and do Francis Ngannou.”
“And I’m looking to get Francis in a cage with 4 oz gloves and shoot with him, swinging some big bombs,” Tyson Fury explained. “It’s risky because Francis, at one point, was considered the biggest puncher in combat sports. So with 4 oz gloves, all it takes is one punch and it’s over.”
Stepping back from January of last year, renowned knockout artist Ngannou headlined UFC 270 on that occasion, successfully unifying the heavyweight titles with a unanimous decision win over then-undefeated Ciryl Gane.