OLEKSANDR USYK has accused Tyson Fury of trying to duck their undisputed decider by pricing himself out of the mega-showdown.
Talks between the teams started even before Usyk’s second heavyweight world title win over Anthony Joshua in August, so confident were both teams of the result and the potential windfall.
REUTERSTyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk are on course for a historic undisputed showdown[/caption]
But an agreement for the showdown has not yet been reachedJAMIE MCPHILIMEY
INSTAGRAM@USYKAAUsyk has offered to fight Fury for ‘free’ to speed up their negotiations[/caption]
Saudi Arabia were eager to throw silly oil money at the showdown for 34-year-old Fury’s WBC crown and 36-year-old Usyk’s WBA, IBF and WBO belts.
We are, however, now five months on from those initial talks and have missed the original dream date of March 4, so April 29 is now the date being worked towards.
But Usyk reckons Fury – who in the same 2022 breath said that he would fight only Anthony Joshua for £500million or sweet F.A – is using money as a means to dodge his long-standing challenge.
The Ukraine southpaw, who won gold at the London 2012 Olympics and became undisputed cruiserweight king, said: “Fury, you talk about greatness in boxing but, at the same time, you say, ‘Give me a lot of money’.
“Greatness in boxing is not determined by money. Greatness comes from a victorious path.
“You say that I avoid you, but I never have. In fact, I have even come to you.
“I am ready to box you even without any prize money.”
Fury was ringside in Manchester on Saturday night for Liam Smith’s breathtaking knockout of Chris Eubank Jr, where he said he was sick of the negotiations but confident of reaching an agreement.
He said: “When I get the deal done everybody will know.
“I am not getting involved in doing deals, that’s what I pay Frank Warren and my lawyer to do.
“Because all the back and forth drives me mad, he wants this and that. I am not getting involved.
“There have been undisputed heavyweight champions before, the last was our Lennox Lewis, but that was for the three belts and not four. I will be the first of this era.
“I am an undefeated two-time world champion and he is an undefeated two-weight world champion, so it is a very interesting fight.”
PAFrank Warren is hoping Fury vs Usyk will take place in April[/caption]
Queensberry Promotions chief Warren is hoping an agreement can be reached in the coming weeks, telling talkSPORT earlier this month: “We’re expecting a couple of offers this week.
“But none of them have come through and then Tyson has to make his decision.
“I hope it’s going to happen at the end of March, early April, that’s where we’re looking at the moment.
“So, fingers crossed we get it over the line for that date, but it will definitely, definitely happen.”
He added: “We’re very far down the road, but there are a couple of things we’ve got to work on.
“We’re trying to get to a point where we can announce it fairly soon and we all think it’s going to happen.”