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Frank Warren optimistic that Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk can be made

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By Barry Holbrook: Promoter Frank Warren feels confident that he’ll be able to make the undisputed fight between champions Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk next.

The location for the fight will need to be decided, as well as generating the income the two champions will want for this important clash.

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Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) will likely want a lot of money for him to take the fight, as it won’t make sense for him to take less than what he’d get fighting Anthony Joshua.

In some respects, Fury would be better off fighting Joshua than Usyk if money is the main thing that he’s looking for.

Thus far, Saudi Arabia hasn’t made an offer to stage the fight in their country, and it’s unclear if they will. Staging the fight in that country would help financially, but it might not be a big enough one to interest them.

“My opinion of what happened in the ring is really simplistic. He [Anthony Joshua] thought he won and said what he said and tried to retrieve the situation,” said Frank Warren to iFL TV about his opinion of why Anthony Joshua reacted the way he did after his loss to Oleksandr Usyk last Saturday.

“I may be wrong. I’m not a doctor. I don’t make out to be a psychiatrist or a doctor. That’s for other promoters. I’m with Tyson all the way. I have no problem with what he said. He said he’d beat both of them [Joshua and Usyk]. I agree with him that he can

“He said these two guys are both made for me. I shouldn’t think they’re too happy. They [DAZN] done the deal and thought he [Joshua] was going to win the fight, but he hasn’t won it. They don’t like belts, so what world title fights are you going to fight for if you don’t like belts?

“We had conversations before the fight and they’re free agents,” said Warren when asked if he’s begun talks with Team Usyk for a fight against Tyson Fury. “Manager Alex and Egis, there’s no problem with either of them. They’re good people, and there won’t be a problem making this fight.

“It’s where it’s going to take place is the issue, and generating the income to satisfy both boxers. No,” said Warren asked if there have been any approaches from Saudi Arabia in staging the Fury-Usyk fight there.

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