Saudi Arabia want Oleksandr Usyk vs Tyson Fury as Anthony Joshua step-aside talks begin

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Tyson Fury’s promotor Bob Arum has revealed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have already put their name forward to host a potential heavyweight undisputed fight between the Gypsy King and Oleksandr Usyk. Fury’s camp are now trying to negotiate a suitable step-aside fee with Anthony Joshua, who is in line to rematch the Ukrainian champion in early 2022.

Initially, two-time world champion AJ showed little interest in the idea of moving out of the firing line and doing his fellow Brit a favour.

However, he did concede that if an offer made sense from a business perspective, he would in fact consider it with his team.

Eddie Hearn has now confirmed that talks are now underway between both parties.

He told Boxing King Media: “We’ve had their team reach out to us.”

He added: “At the moment, there’s communication between the two teams to say, ‘Is it something that [you’d consider].

“And the answer is – AJ has not been spoken [to] about this yet.

“I’ll deal with it and when I feel there’s an opportunity for Anthony and 258, we’ll sit down with them and present that to them.”

While Joshua stepping aside is integral to Fury’s hopes of fighting Usyk next – there has already been a great deal of interest in the potential spectacle.

Arum has confirmed Saudi Arabia are keen to stage the fight in March, one of the key factors behind the progression of step-aside talks.

But while that is the case, Arum still believes Fury should take on Dillian Whyte next back in the UK before fighting the winner of Usyk vs Joshua 2.

Whyte has waited a long time for his first heavyweight world title shot and still, there is no guarantee he will receive it just yet.

That’s because the WBC refused to order Fury vs Whyte at their recent convention due to an ongoing legal dispute with the Body Snatcher.

In a separate interview with talkSPORT, Arum confirmed he’s keen to crack on with the Whyte fight for Fury as he does not believe Joshua will move out of the way.

“I think Dillian Whyte should be the next fight for Tyson Fury,” Arum said.

“There’s talk about Usyk who beat Joshua – Joshua has a rematch clause – and talk about Joshua stepping aside.

“But Joshua’s not gonna step aside unless he’s guaranteed the winner of Fury vs Usyk, and how anybody assures him of that when Whyte’s in the mandatory position?

“So the way I think it’s gonna fall out is Fury vs Whyte and I think that fight [should be] in the United Kingdom.”

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