Lenox Lewis is right to put pressure on Fury and Usyk to fight

The international heavyweight boxing division has been starved of the titans of today’s era going toe to toe and after Anthony Joshua’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia, it looks as if yet another blockbuster match-up will fail to take place. This time around, it’s Joshua’s highly anticipated clash with Tyson Fury that has almost certainly been consigned to the scrap heap after Joshua was unable to beat Usyk in a fight that was dubbed the ‘Rage on the Red Sea.’

Indeed, Joshua has now fallen down the rankings and out of contention as far as a fight with Fury goes. Admittedly, this was always the fear when both Fury and Joshua were unable to agree on the terms of a deal with the concern being that if either lost whilst the negotiations stalled, the fight wouldn’t ultimately happen. Regrettably, this is the reality now of the situation which is why Lenox Lewis has wasted no time in leading the calls for Usyk and Fury to fight.

Lewis demands action

Lewis, a former gold medal winner for Canada at the Seoul, South Korea Olympics in 1988, is right to put pressure on the pair given that the division can’t afford for two of their top-ranked competitors not to fight again. Tellingly, there aren’t any odds listed for a potential bout between Usyk and Fury yet, with Bet365 in particular, being a bookmaker that normally offers odds on bouts that haven’t been officially confirmed. Indeed, as this review of Bet365 states, albeit with a special focus on Ontario which is the province where Lewis grew up, providing the latest odds is part of the fabric of the bookmaker given that it features over 30 global sports to choose from.

So, with this in mind, should boxing fans read too much into a lull in the latest boxing markets? Perhaps not yet has to be the answer as both Usyk and Fury have stated their desire to fight following the bout in Jeddah, with the reporting that promoter Frank Warren has assured fans the fight will go head. The argument against this announcement would naturally be that both Joshua and Fury made the same type of noises but in the end, we saw no action.

In this sense, it’s fitting for Lewis to put pressure on both men to put pen to paper on a deal sooner rather than later. In all likelihood, the Canadian gold medalist won’t be alone in his calls for the duo to go head-to-head.

As for an official date, with the right tailwind and a genuine desire on the side of both parties for a fight to happen, boxing fans can expect this match-up to be scheduled for the spring of 2023 at the earliest. This was, after all, the time when Fury fought Dillian Whyte at Wembley in 2022, as recaps a famous night in England’s capital here.

It goes without saying that a fair amount of water needs to pass under the bridge in the meantime but with the likes of Lewis and other former greats of the sport shining the spotlight on Usyk and Fury, there is reason to believe that we will see this fight happen in 2023.

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