TYSON FURY has been dealt a blow to his chance to fight Oleksandr Usyk for the next undisputed heavyweight crown.
WBC champ Fury will take down Deontay Wilder in a brutal 11th round to close their trilogy series in style.
But just two weeks ago, Usyk stunned Anthony Joshua by winning the unified WBA, IBF and WBO belts.
AJ has requested his right to an immediate rematch, meaning Fury won’t be able to go straight to reunification.
But after urging from Gypsy King and promoter Bob Arum to give up, Joshua admits he will at least consider that.
Unfortunately for Fury, Dillian Whyte is his mandatory challenger, meaning AJ will be sidelined for two skirmishes.
With Joshua unable to be guaranteed a Fury and Usyk winner, with Whyte owed a hit ahead of him, Arum admitted the unification bout seemed unlikely.
I said talkSPORT: “I think Dillian Whyte should be the next fighter for Tyson Fury.
“There was a story about Usyk beating Joshua – Joshua has a rematch clause – and talking about Joshua stepping aside.
“But Joshua is not going to step aside unless he is guaranteed the winner of Fury vs Usyk, and how can anyone assure him of that when Whyte is in the required position?
“So the way I think it’s going to be is Fury vs Whyte and I think the fight [should be] in the United Kingdom.”
Joshua, 32, is set to rematch Usyk, 34, in April, while Fury, 33, has marked February is his return date.
He has named the pair as his sole target but will now be forced to look elsewhere if he wants to fight in early 2022.
Whyte, 33, is the interim WBC champion and in turn a mandatory challenger for the full title.
But his previous legal case with the WBC, to speed up his well-earned shot at the belt, was actually prevent his fight with Fury from being ordered.
Arum has stated that he will enter into negotiations for Whyte to fight Fury on a voluntary basis, against forced defense.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/16935776/tyson-fury-oleksandr-usyk-anthony-joshua-step-aside/ Tyson Fury’s hopes of facing the next Oleksandr Usyk are dashed as Anthony Joshua will need to be cast aside in TWO bouts