Tyson Fury opens talks over fight with unknown Australian Jai Opetaia

Tyson Fury’s camp begin talks over fight with unknown Australian cruiserweight Jai Opetaia as promoter Bob Arum claims the £15million bout could take place in Sydney in 2021 

  • Tyson Fury could lock horns with unheralded Australian Jai Opetaia next year 
  • The Gypsy King could earn £15million from the bout with the unbeaten cruiser 
  • Bob Arum says Fury is interested in travelling to Sydney to stage the 2021 fight
  • He will fight Wilder again this year and could possibly take on Anthony Joshua 

Tyson Fury’s team have opened discussions to face Australian cruiserweight Jai Opetaia in Sydney next year, despite a trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder coming up and a possible undisputed fight with Anthony Joshua. 

The bout at the the Bankwest Stadium in the Australian capital would bank Fury around £15million, according to the Australian Daily Telegraph.

Fury is the name on everyone’s lips after he dismantled Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas en route to a seventh round stoppage last month to become the WBC heavyweight champion of the world, and is set to face the Bronze Bomber for a third time in July.

Tyson Fury could earn £15million for a fight with unbeaten Australian fighter Jai Opetaia

The cruiserweight has an unbeaten record so far with 19 wins and 15 coming by knockout

But even though he has another tough test against Wilder to contend with, as well as a possible all-British mega fight against Anthony Joshua later this year, Fury’s promoter Bob Arum claims talks to fight Opetaia are underway.

‘He would love to come; we love to fight in different places,’ he told the Sun-Herald. ‘That to me is something that is very exciting. What we’re talking about is in 2021 at some time.

‘That would be a big event, particularly if we were able to stage it on a Sunday morning because then that would be prime time back in the US.

‘I had a tremendous experience in Australia for that Jeff Horn fight. I’m very open to coming back again.’

Fury battered Wilder from pillar to post to become the WBC world champions last month

His promoter Bob Arum has big plans for Fury and is in talks to have him fight Down Under 

Opeteia is largely unheard of but is unbeaten in his career so far, having won all 19 of his fights, with 15 coming by knockout. 

Arum has big plans for Fury after his prized fighter took Wilder’s belt but although British fans are pining for a huge undisputed clash between the Gypsy King and Joshua, the legendary promoter believes it will never happen. 

Kubrat Pulev, who also fights under his Top Rank stable, is set to take on Joshua on June 20 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and thinks the Bulgarian will stop the British world champion, which would douse hopes of making the fight.

But Arum thinks his fighter Pulev will knock Anthony Joshua out when they clash this June

‘Fury-Joshua is never going to happen,’ Arum, who co-promotes Fury’s fights alongside Frank Warren, told the Times. 

‘Pulev is going to knock Joshua out so why would I talk to Eddie, who I love dearly, about a Joshua-Fury fight?

‘I think Pulev wins and then I negotiate with myself to do a Pulev-Fury fight.’ 

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