Oleksandr Usyk casts doubt on fighting Tyson Fury this year as he releases worrying statement about training camp | The Sun
OLEKSANDR USYK has thrown his proposed bout with Tyson Fury on December 23 into doubt.
The Ukrainian's latest comments regarding his training camp have suggested the fight could be delayed.
Usyk and Fury had reportedly been set to put their heavyweight titles on the line in ten weeks' time.
However, Usyk has now revealed he needs 14 weeks to prepare for each of his fights.
He has also suggested he has yet to start training and will not do so until he knows the exact date he is facing Fury.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, he explained: "I can't say that everything's OK, but I'm fine.
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"Some wounds, old injuries need to be healed. Everything's under control.
"I do my training sessions everyday, but I need 14 weeks for my camp. It would be enough time for me.
"The first weeks I'm doing my work that helps me to get ready for the training camp. Then I'm working hard for the next 12 weeks."
Usyk successfully defended his IBF, IBO, WBA Super and WBO heavyweight titles against Daniel Dubois back in August.
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The 36-year-old secured a ninth round knockout victory over Dubois in Poland.
He continued: "I would like to known exact day and place. Knowing it allows me to plan my training camp and choose its place. All these help me to start preparing.
"I understand that promotion of the match is important and necessary – it is a component of the show.
"But when I know the day and the place I can put on my helmet, close the visor and set off."
As for Fury, the Gypsy King is set to take on former UFC champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia next weekend.
His WBC world title will not be on the line, though, but the ten-round fight will count as an official bout.
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