Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk OFF as Ukrainian’s manager confirms talks for April 29 fight over… and blames Gypsy King
TYSON FURY vs Oleksandr Usyk is OFF, according to the Ukrainian’s manager.
And he says the Gypsy King is entirely to blame.
Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk is off, says the Ukrainian’s managerRichard Pelham / The Sun
Usyk’s camp have laid the blame at the feet of FuryGetty
Boxing fans were counting down the days until April 29 when it appeared Fury and Usyk had managed to strike an agreement.
A fight between the pair would unify the heavyweight division.
And it would also have seen the UK finally host one of the most anticipated battles in boxing history.
Negotiations between Fury and Usyk had dragged on for months before April 29 was chosen as a date.
But it appears the bout will not go ahead after the duo failed to conclude terms over the purse.
And according to Usyk’s agent Egis Klimas, that all falls at the feet of WBC king Fury.
He said: “No matter how much Usyk compromised, he was pushed for more.”
Usyk is now plotting a mandatory defence of his belts in either June or July.
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As for Fury, he could finally look to strike a deal against British foe Anthony Joshua — who fights Jermaine Franklin on April 1.
Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “AJ’s looking good but I’m nervous.
“People are saying this is a straightforward fight for Anthony Joshua but it’s not at all.
“Let’s look at the facts, he’s coming off two defeats to the pound-for-pound number one Oleksandr Usyk but you saw the emotional side to AJ in the last performance and after the fight.
“Franklin is full of confidence coming off the Dillian Whyte fight and he looks all of a sudden about 20lbs lighter as well.
“This is a big moment for Anthony Joshua’s career, people are talking about fights against Deontay Wilder, Whyte, Fury but he has to win on April 1.”