Plans for Tyson Fury’s potential undisputed heavyweight title clash with Oleksandr Usyk could be scuppered due to the planned Netflix series about the Gypsy King.
Earlier this week, the giant streaming platform announced a docu-series following Fury around is in production. It will reportedly feature ‘exclusive access to the heavyweight champion of the world as he exits the ring and tries to embrace retirement with his extraordinary family’.
After he defeated Anthony Joshua in their anticipated rematch, Usyk is in line for a blockbuster fight against Fury after the Brit confirmed he was ‘un-retiring’ to attempt to unify the heavyweight division. The 35-year-old is now likely to hold onto his WBC belt after he relinquished the Ring Magazine title, which Usyk claimed with his win last weekend.
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Fury had originally announced his retirement from boxing after he knocked out Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium in April. It has not taken long for him to be tempted back, as he eyes the sport’s first-ever four-belt heavyweight unification.
The planned title for the multi-part series is ‘At Home with the Fury’s’. However, if Fury does indeed opt to come out of retirement to face Usyk, his training camp will clash with Netflix’s schedule for filming – and this is set to leave the British fighter with a decision to make, according to World Boxing News.
Fury will either face Usyk in December or postpone the clash until next year if the Gypsy King decides to film the Netflix show. However, no negotiations have taken place between Fury and Usyk’s teams although both sides are keen to reach a deal.
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Usyk defeated Joshua at the Jeddah Super Dome in Saudi Arabia last weekend, with the Ukrainian retaining his WBA (Super), WBO, IBO and IBF world titles in front of 30,000 fans. He also took home the Ring Magazine title after it was vacated by Fury following his sudden retirement.
In a clash billed as the Rage on the Red Sea, Joshua showed aggressiveness but could not match the strategic wiliness of Usyk, who is unbeaten in his 20 professional contests. Two judges scored the fight 115-113 and 116-112 to Usyk, while the third gave it to Joshua 115-113.
Following the bout, Fury took to social media to ridicule the duo as he even claimed he could defeat both Usyk and Joshua in the same night. He turned his attentions to Usyk soon after, giving prospective bidders a week to come up with a £500 million purse ahead of the potential unification of the heavyweight division.
Speaking on social media, Fury said: “To all these suitors out there who want to make the fight. I will give you all seven days, until 1 September, to come up with the money.
“If not, thanks very much, it’s been a blast, but I’m retired. All offers submitted must be to my lawyer Robert Davis, in writing, with proof of funds. So let the games begin."
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