Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury does not seem happy about Usyk's position as WBO mandatory challenger, as he directed a tweet towards WBO President Paco Valcarcel, who suggested the Gypsy King face Uzbeki prospect Bakhodir Jalolov, GiveMeSport reports.
“Maybe if you had not removed me from number 1 ranked WBO! And put some cruiserweight bum with 1 fight at heavyweight then you could have a say! Haha,” Fury wrote.
However, Tyson's fume over Usyk's ranking seems unreasonable. Fury was never at the top of the WBO rankings - he was number two after a June 2019 re-shuffle saw Dillian Whyte lose his top spot and it was then given to Usyk.
Usyk, meanwhile, was a WBO champion in the lower weight category, which gave him the right to fight for a title in heavyweight.
As we reported earlier, there is a big possibility that WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is going to choose Kubrat Pulev as his next opponent. Meanwhile, Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk will get the opportunity to fight for vacated WBO title due to Briton’s noncompliance with the organization’s obligations.
According to World Boxing News, Joshua wants to meet with the winner of Wilder-Fury rematch in later summer, meaning two stipulations either side would take over a year to complete.
If so, he will be stripped of one of his titles. Considering the fact that Joshua and Usyk share the same promoting company, it will be more profitable for the Briton to vacate the WBO title.