Oleksandr Usyk is solely focused on Tyson Fury in hopes of a fight early next year

Oleksandr Usyk has insisted he will only fight Tyson Fury next and has urged the “unpredictable” heavyweight champion to agree to a meeting in the first quarter of 2023.

The Ukrainian was last in the ring in August when he retained his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts with a split decision win over Anthony Joshua in Jeddah.

Talks of an undisputed heavyweight contest featuring WBC belt holder Fury took place immediately after Usyk’s success in Saudi Arabia, but the Brit will face Derek Chisora ​​at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next month instead.

It means the wait for all the titles goes on and while Usyk is determined to fight Fury, his religious beliefs mean they have to get in the ring by March 4 or brace for later in 2023 waiting.

“Right now my team is seeking talks with Tyson Fury and he’s really an unpredictable person so we can’t guarantee when,” Usyk told the PA news agency at the Web Summit in Lisbon.

“For me, the idea would be to fight maybe in early February or early March, like March 4, because I’m an Orthodox Christian. I don’t fight during the big fast before Easter, so it should all be before or after Orthodox Easter [16 April].

“I want to fight Fury because I need fourth belt and I don’t want to fight anyone else until I have fourth belt.”

Usyk was in Lisbon to speak with Parimatch Tech CEO Maksym Liashko about the ongoing war in Ukraine and the importance of highlighting the actions of the invaders of Russia.

Usyk, 35, insisted the Ukrainian people would continue to “stand back against the attacker and bullies” but raised the possibility of fighting for the world heavyweight titles in Kyiv.

Tyson Fury (centre left) will face Derek Chisora ​​in a trilogy match on December 3

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“The organizers are trying to find out where they can earn more money,” said the unbeaten southpaw. “For me, yes, I would really like to fight in Ukraine and Ukraine are really capable of hosting this kind of fight.

“I would be very happy if it happened in the Olympic Arena in Ukraine. But it’s not me who chooses the venue, so I guess it will be Saudi Arabia.”

Before Usyk can turn his attention to an eventual meeting with Fury, he will watch with interest on December 3 when the Briton faces compatriot Chisora ​​for the third time.

Fury, 34, outpointed Chisora, 38, in 2011 before stopping the veteran in 2014.

“I don’t know why he needs this fight,” Usyk said of Fury. “Maybe because it would be a year without a fight he thinks he needs it now. I think it’s a maneuver because I don’t know why he needs it.”

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