Assuming Tyson Fury defeats Dereck Chisora for the third time December 3, the unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion’s co-promoter cannot see anything stopping him from fighting Oleksander Usyk next.

Bob Arum informed that the promotional plan is for Fury and Usyk to square off at some point late in the winter at a location to be determined in the Middle East. If Usyk and Fury fight, the winner would become the first fully unified heavyweight champion of boxing’s four-belt era.

“I think everybody on Fury’s side feels that way,” Arum said to BoxingScene. “And because Egis [Klimas, Usyk’s manager] is such a good friend of mine – and so is Usyk, by the way – that I know they feel that way. So, I don’t see any impediment to getting that fight done sometime before Ramadan. That’s what Tyson wants to do and that’s what Usyk wants to do. So, it would be crazy not to put this thing on either the last week in February or the first week in March.”

The start of Ramadan is an important deadline if they’re to avoid pushing Fury-Usyk into the spring because all Middle Eastern countries observe the Muslim month for fasting, prayer and reflection. Ramadan will begin March 22 and is set to end April 21.

Arum mentioned Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as countries that could host a Fury-Usyk fight, depending on where investors put up the money to fund their eight-figure purses.

Ukraine’s Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) defeated Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) by unanimous decision in their 12-round rematch to retain his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO belts August 20 at Jeddah Superdome in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. England’s Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) has not fought in a Middle Eastern country, but the former IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO champ has expressed optimism about boxing Usyk somewhere in that region.

“Wherever he can get exposure, he’ll be a star,” Arum said. “Forget his fighting ability, which is obviously on a high plane and makes him very enjoyable to watch. But essentially, he’s a showman. Where have you seen a fighter that conducts himself like Tyson Fury does?”

First, of course, the Manchester native must conquer Chisora (33-12, 23 KOs) in what is widely viewed as a tune-up fight for the heavily favored Fury two weeks from Saturday night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

The 34-year-old Fury convincingly out-pointed Chisora in their first fight, a 12-rounder in July 2011 at Wembley Arena in London. Fury beat the Zimbabwe-born, London-based Chisora even easier in their rematch, which was stopped after 10 one-sided rounds in November 2014 at ExCeL London.

Fury has invited criticism by agreeing to face Chisora a third time. The 38-year-old Chisora did, however, give Usyk difficulty during a 12-rounder that the former undisputed cruiserweight champion won by unanimous decision in October 2020 at Wembley Arena.

Fury’s obvious advantage notwithstanding, Arum will be anxious about the fate of Fury-Usyk until Fury leaves the ring victorious and unscathed December 3.

“These fights are dangerous because you’re in the heavyweight division and these big guys, by and large all of them, have terrific [power],” Arum said. “And if you’re not careful, you can get hit on the chin and it’s lights out.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.