Even though there is still a possibility that the Fury-Usyk bout can be put back together, if a deal is not struck quickly, the two boxers will look elsewhere.
Undoubtedly, it is a major letdown for IBF, WBA and WBO champion Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) as he had already agreed to the terms of the Saudis.
However, it was Fury who reportedly couldn’t settle the terms after supposedly asking for more in line with him being the bigger name.
With the bout being relocated to the UK, it’s estimated Fury and Usyk will earn less than what they could have made in Saudi.
“Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk have reached a critical point. Both teams are locked in talks, but it is understood the discussions are still at an impasse for the April 29 date at Wembley. There remains the hope of a breakthrough, but the clock is ticking with news expected in the next 48 hours,” Chris McKenna via the DailyStar
Meanwhile, Shane Fury, the brother of Fury, indicated that if they are unable to arrange the Usyk fight, then former unified champion Andy Ruiz Jr could be a possible opponent.
In his comments to Behind The Gloves, he said: “If the undisputed fight can’t get made, Tyson still needs to fight. I think Andy Ruiz Jr is a good opponent, a good name, and is in good form.
Fans would want to see that fight. He wants Usyk; he wants Ruiz; he wants Joe Joyce. Tyson has got a couple of years left. It’s also got to be good business sense as well. He’s [Francis Ngannou] is one of the names.”