Oleksandr Usyk stood silent on the ring apron and appeared as if he were trying not to laugh.

Tyson Fury yelled in Usyk’s face just a few minutes after he was done dismantling Dereck Chisora, an opponent who gave Usyk a difficult fight just two years ago. An ever-rowdy Fury promised the undefeated IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion he’ll get some of the same if they fight next at some point early in 2023.

Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) wasted little time late Saturday night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London to promote the full heavyweight title unification fight both boxers seemingly want next.

“I don’t know where he is,” Fury told BT Sport Box Office’s Jo Ankier as he ended his post-fight interview in the ring. “Where’s Oleksandr Usyk, the rabbit? Hey, rabbit! Usyk, you’re next, you little bitch! You’re next! You are next! Me and you, sucker, next! Me and you! You’re getting it, little sucker! Rabbit! P-ssy! Look at him, 15 stone, little midget beat a bodybuilder.

“Well, I ain’t no bodybuilder, sucker. I’m gonna write you off. I already done one Ukrainian, Klitschko, didn’t I? And I’ll do you as well, gappy teeth, you ugly, little man. You ugly little man, let’s get it on next! Let’s get it on you as well. You may laugh now, but I will end this little sucker. End you! End you! End you!”

The bodybuilder to whom Fury referred is England’s other star heavyweight, Anthony Joshua, whom Ukraine’s Usyk out-pointed in back-to-back 12-round title fights. Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs), a southpaw who upset Joshua to win his championships in September 2021, defeated Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) by split decision in their rematch August 20 at Jeddah Superdome in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The 34-year-old Fury wanted to fight Usyk on Saturday night, but Usyk preferred to take time to rest after a grueling fight against Joshua. The 35-year-old Usyk wants to face Fury next, but Fury indicated it might take a little longer than expected for them to box because he needs minor surgery on his right elbow and he hurt his right hand on his way to stopping Chisora in the 10th round (https://www.boxingscene.com/tyson-fury-needs-right-elbow-surgery-6-8-weeks-recover-says-he-f-me-hands-up--170908).

When Usyk wouldn’t respond Saturday night, Fury’s taunting intensified.

“Hello, Usyk, you little sucker,” Fury yelled. “What are you gonna do? You gonna do something? Are you gonna do something? You’re gonna do f--- all. You’re gonna do f--- all, you little sausage.”

Joe Joyce, who sat next to Usyk in the front row Saturday night, eventually stepped up on the ring apron to enter the fray. London’s Joyce (15-0, 14 KOs) is the WBO interim champion and the mandatory challenger for one of Usyk’s four titles.

Manchester’s Fury told Joyce he would be Fury’s opponent of choice if the Usyk fight doesn’t materialize next.

“Big Joe Joyce is here,” Fury exclaimed. “And big Joe Joyce is a warrior. I’ll tell you what, Joe, I’m the only man who calls your name out. Everybody else is scared of you. So, if this little rabbit don’t want it, it can’t be made, let’s me and you, my brother, do Wembley. Come on, Joe Joyce! Come on, Joe!”

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