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Fury vs Usyk 'can happen at a perfect time' says WBC President

After defeating Derek Chisora in London on Saturday, Tyson Fury faced off against Oleksandr Usyk; Fury and Usyk have both stated that they want to engage in an undisputed fight next year. Joe Joyce has emerged as the most likely replacement for Fury as his next opponent.

According to WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, Tyson Fury will face Oleksandr Usyk at the "ideal time" if the heavyweight world champions can agree on terms for an undisputed meeting soon.

Fury made an outstanding voluntary defense of his WBC championship on Saturday, stopping Derek Chisora before facing battle in the ring with IBF, IBO, and WBO champion Usyk.

Both boxers have shown a desire to fight, and Sullaiman has stated that the WBC is willing to back an undisputed fight while they wait for a final eliminator between former champions Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr to determine a new mandatory challenger.

"This is a perfect time to do a unification," Sulaiman told in an interview on Monday.

"We ordered a final elimination between Wilder and Andy Ruiz. At this time we have no mandatory contenders, so this is a perfect moment for the unification.

There has been speculation that Filip Hrgovic's status as mandatory challenger for Usyk's IBF title could scupper plans for the undisputed bout, but Sulaiman has urged the other governing bodies to help ensure the Ukrainian meets Fury with all the belts on the line.

"Hopefully it will not get to that point, and the four organisations will accept to sanction the ultimate undisputed fight and keep it that way," Sulaiman added.

British heavyweight Joe Joyce was also ringside at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where Fury said he would be willing to fight if the Usyk fight could not be made.

Joyce has put together a string of outstanding performances to put himself in contention for the title, and Sulaiman stated that the WBC would not stand in the way of an all-British clash with Fury.


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