Fury-Usyk Talks Have Stalled Over Money – ‘They Want The Lion’s Share,’ Says John Fury
John Fury revealed that the heavyweight championship match between his son Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk might be postponed, as negotiations for both fighters’ purses have reached a standstill.
The grand fight for the four-belt heavyweight title of the modern era could take place at Wembley Stadium on April 29th, 2023, as opposed to the Middle East, where the boxers would have received colossal payouts.
The last undisputed heavyweight champion was in 1999, when Lennox Lewis emerged victorious against Evander Holyfield.
It was anticipated that the negotiations would be completed last week after Frank Warren met Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk.
However, the Fury camp reportedly blames Usyk’s team for demanding too much since the Gypsy King brings a more significant commercial value.
👀 @TonyBellew is edging towards Oleksandr Usyk in a potential showdown with Tyson Fury for all the belts pic.twitter.com/vKmjeul2Na
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At the same time, the Ukrainian refuses to budge on a 50-50 split since he has three belts. So will the unification be undone due to self-interest, or is the Fury camp wanting to take more off Usyk?
This is what John Fury had to say to Mirror Fighting: “Greedy promoters don’t want to pay Tommy what he’s worth, and it’s the same with Tyson. That’s what the delay is here. They won’t pay him what he’s worth. They want him for nothing. They want to make all the money. They want the lion’s share and give Tyson the small end.
“But that ain’t going to wash with us – it’s the Fury way or the highway. We ain’t bowing down to no one because we are the kings of the ring at the minute. Today, we are the kings of the ring; Tyson Fury is the king of the ring.”
If the bout does not go ahead, there are reports that Fury could face Deontay Wilder for a fourth time. But given that Fury beat the former WBC champion in their last two fights, is that something the fans will accept?