Oleksandr Usyk thinks Tyson Fury has chosen to fight Derek Chisora instead of him because he is ‘scared’.
Usyk, who defended his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles against Anthony Joshua in August, was tipped to become the Gypsy King’s next opponent for an undisputed showdown following the Brit’s triumphant bout against Dillian Whyte in April.
After reclaiming his belts, the Ukrainian said he would return to the ring until 2023 so that he could recover from injuries and spend time with his family, prompting Fury ‘s team to organise a ‘Battle of Britain’ bout against Joshua, which ultimately fell through.
Fury will now fight Chisora for a third time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in December, but Usyk has since said that the match-up ‘makes him laugh’.
Speaking to ESPN whilst ringside at Vasyl Lomachenko versus Jamaine Ortiz on Saturday, Usyk said: ‘At this moment, it kind of makes me laugh. Why is he doing this?’
When broadcaster Mark Kriegel suggested that Fury wanted to keep busy before facing Usyk in 2023, the Ukrainian fighter said: ‘But I think we already agreed to a fight with him and now he’s running and saying I don’t want to fight him.’