Frank Warren has revealed talks are underway between Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk to allow for a fight that would crown an undisputed heavyweight champion.
Joshua surrendered his WBA, WBO and IBF world titles to Usyk in September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as he was outboxed and outclassed by the cerebral Ukrainian.
Within a fortnight, Joshua had triggered an immediate rematch clause in a bid to reclaim the titles, with promoter Eddie Hearn confirming to talkSPORT that the fight would likely take place in March or April.
However, the 32-year-old admitted he would consider stepping down to allow Usyk to fight heavyweight champion WBC Fury and crown a four-belt world champion for the first time in history.
Given the lopsided nature of the loss and the fact that Joshua considered making changes to his coaching staff, this is a move that would make sense both logistically and financially.
Although the Watford native admitted it wasn’t in his fighter nature to simply step aside, his business acumen took the lead.
Fury, who knocked out Deontay Wilder in October, would likely enter the fight as a betting favorite given his larger height and weight than Usyk.
With a fight between the two Britons dropping this summer, he may well be resurrected with a victory from Fury and Joshua himself rebounding.
Speaking at Anthony Yarde’s press conference against Lyndon Arthur – a fight you can hear live on talkSPORT – Fury co-promoter Warren admitted that a dialogue has been opened up.
“Everyone wants to see him (Fury) and Usyk,” the Queensberry chief told iFL TV. “This is what we want to see
“AJ, I see his interview last week, which was a little confusing. If you listen to what he says, he basically says “if I get the right money, I will retire”.
“So that’s really where we have to come to as a team, the Tyson Fury team. We’re all working hard to make it happen and it just might happen.
“And if it does, then Tyson will meet him (Usyk) and all Four Belts will be on the line. And I hope it will.”
“If it doesn’t for some reason then we have to move on to plan B, and plan B will be to fight here in the UK in March against an opponent that Tyson feels comfortable with. “
He added, “Obviously there are conversations (about Joshua stepping down).
“But it’s going to have a time limit where all of a sudden it’s going to happen or not. I don’t think everyone will expect this.
“But I’m pretty positive and I’m convinced that there is a will among everyone to do it.”