Arum Sees No Issues In Making Fury-Usyk, Hrgovic Slams The Pair For Not Fighting

Bob Arum has revealed that an undisputed fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will not be tough to make.

Those comments fly in the face of what the boxing fanbase has seen so far. Talks over a fight at Wembley in April broke down despite it appearing that an agreement was close. Usyk had publicly accepted a low offer in the form of a 70-30 split. This was despite the fact that he was bringing three belts to the table.

Although that may have been the case, disputes over the rematch clause could not be resolved. Usyk was demanding a 70-30 split for the winner, while Fury was keen on an equal split. As a result, both fighters went their separate ways. Usyk defended his belts against Daniel Dubois by stopping the Brit in the ninth round. Meanwhile, Fury agreed to face Francis Ngannou on October 28th, 2023, in a crossover fight that is reportedly worth $50 million for him.

In addition, Fury made it clear that he was not interested in fighting for undisputed. The focus of the ‘Gypsy King’ was to secure the biggest paydays out there, as he even considered fighting Jon Jones after Ngannou. And yet, Arum is confident that the fight can get made.

“It won’t be hard to make. I think he [Oleksandr Usyk] wants that fight. I think that fight’s going to happen, and hopefully, it will happen sooner rather than later. [Fury-Usyk fight will] Probably be early next year, but it could happen as early as December. I would like to see him [Fury] fight Usyk. I think once he fights Usyk, and assuming he beats Usyk, then I think he’ll do a victory lap, maybe two more fights, and let the younger guys take over,” Arum

Nevertheless, that would depend on both fighters agreeing to terms. Fury has stated that he would be willing to return to the negotiation table provided that Usyk does change his demands. But given that he had already agreed to a 70-30 split, it is difficult to see how much the Ukrainian could compromise his demands. After all, he is a unified heavyweight champion. And there is no getting away from that.

Hrgovic Reacts

The stand-off has caught the attention of others, notably the IBF interim champion Filip Hrgovic. The Croatian is a mandatory for Usyk and has already confirmed that he will not accept step-aside money for the fight. However, the failure of Fury-Usyk to face each other has kept the belts tied up between the two fighters. In response, Hrgovic has criticized the pair for not fighting.

“It’s disrespectful to boxing, to anyone. He doesn’t want that unification and I do not want anyone to tell me about unification. Because I do not care. Fury doesn’t want it and they had so much time to make that unification. They didn’t want to do it. Maybe both of them are afraid to lose their perfect record. I do not care for that. They show so much disrespect to boxing and boxing fans. I should be next and I want to tell them, to follow the rules and fight your mandatories. I am next in the line,” Hrgovic

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