Tyson Fury contacts cruiserweight champion for help before Oleksandr Usyk showdown

“I was close to going out there before the fight got cancelled,” the 28-year-old added, referring to the collapse of talks between Fury and Usyk in spring.

“That’s a crazy experience, I look forward to doing things like that.”

Jai Opetaia, left, stopped Jordan Thompson last week to retain the IBF cruiserweight title

Opetaia also said he would like to move up to heavyweight someday, meaning Fury, 35, and Usyk, 36, could be potential opponents in the future – if they are still boxing by then.

“Definitely,” said Opetaia. “I’ve still got a lot of work to do as a cruiserweight, but I see myself fighting for heavyweight world titles further down the track.”


Opetaia stopped Thompson in the fourth round on Saturday, dropping him in that frame and also in the third.

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