TYSON FURY has told his heavyweight world champion competitors that they are running out of time to make fights or accept step-by-step deals.
But the 6ft 9in tall undefeated WBC king has plenty of options, depending on how the giant cookie will crumble over the next 24 hours.
Ideally, Fury wants to delay his overdue mandatory test from Dillian Whyte, leaving him free to face WBA, IBF and WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia, to be crowned the undisputed king.
But that means Whyte and Anthony Joshua – who have activate his rematch clause to rerun his September loss to Usyk – not only accepting the money step by step, but the war pair agreeing terms for who gets it first on the winner.
It’s expensive and confusing but could crown history’s first four-belt heavyweight ruler and secure an iconic legacy for the four men involved.
But this is a gangster who insists that money, world titles, even records and fame are worthless.
So SunSport considered its options as the clock ticked over some big announcements and potential shocks.
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A big boxing fan is ready to pay cash AJ and Whyte knead the dough aside and let Fury and Usyk clash in the desert.
Fury would then be just 12 rounds away from Brit legend Lennox Lewis and become the undisputed champion.
If successful, he will be one of the biggest stars on the planet and his next move will be quite unpredictable.
Any deal AJ and Whyte agree would have watertight rights to his WBC title and want major financial penalties should he retire, leave the sport in any way or not fulfill its obligations.
But Fury can see that as a fair price to pay for being able to finish the game, retreat undefeated, and scatter all the belts around, leaving any of his opponents, at This era, it’s almost impossible to keep up.
Whyte has ongoing legal and arbitration cases with the WBC regarding the length of time he had to wait to achieve his green and gold belts as well as his share of Fury’s potential purse.
SunSport understands that Fury cannot defend his WBC world title against anyone but Whyte until these disputes are resolved.
But his UK promoter Frank Warren hosted the Manchester Arena on March 26 for a while and he confirmed Fury could make a follow-up fight without the WBC world title.
Fury will still defend his respected Ring Magazine belt and his claim to the mythical lineage championship and it will serve as a Back home in the UK after a handful of American away payouts.
This will also help Whyte and WBC and AJ and Usyk work out their differences.
Fury loves to play mind games against all his opponents and in completely different sports.
UFC Heavyweight King Francis Ngannou defends his crown at the weekend and is at war with the company over his relatively low salary when compared to boxers of the same status.
Ngannou has confirmed he will not fight for the UFC again under his current contract and Fury teased him about his £500,000-per-fight earnings.
The WBC will probably even back the move by making Fury their honorary champion or franchise and create a new fairy belt for the British and Cameroonians to contend with, as they did. do with the Money Belt that they sanctioned Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor for.
WBC has decided Whyte is only worth 20% of the wallet from any potential fight with Fury.
Considering the 34-year-old Brixton Body Snatcher as their interim champion, former diamond champion and mandatory challenger, that seems harsh and SunSport understands Whyte promoter Eddie Hearn will appeal that number if it is enforced.
A simple solution is that Fury accepts the breakup with about a 30% chance of meeting the wind and meeting Whyte in a ring in the UK.
But it seems Fury and WBC both dislike Whyte and they are unlikely to help the contracted lone wolf in any way.
Fury is in the middle of a grueling training camp, smashed his body along with fellow heavyweight Joseph Parker and refueling thanks to imported US nutritionist George Lockhart.
He seems ready to fight but Fury is completely unpredictable and can ruin everyone’s plans by retiring – temporarily or not.
That drastic move would leave the WBC belt vacant and Mexico’s unregulated organization free to choose someone in their standings for Whyte to face.
And, after all the bad and legal stuff that’s happened between them, the WBC could give him a high-risk, low-paying clash against someone like Deontay Wilder, Luis Ortiz or even Brit Joe Joyce.
Fury’s undefeated record will remain intact and he will be supported back at any time to continue his career for the sanctioning body.
But this move looks unlikely with so many big money options on the table.
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