Tyson Fury turns down 60/40 to winner deal from Oleksandr Usyk as Ukrainian looks to force historic unification fight | The Sun
8th March 2023

TYSON FURY has "turned down" a 60/40 to the winner deal to fight Oleksandr Usyk in April, the Ukrainian's team claim.

The duo are targeting a historic heavyweight unification bout.

The huge fight could take place on British soil at Wembley Stadium, with an April 29 date being targeted.

But Usyk's promoter Alex Krassyuk has bemoaned the demands of Fury's camp.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: "Frank Warren said he's got a pot and he needs to get the agreement of both parties to participate, and if the money in the pot is not enough it won’t happen.

"I completely agree with it. On our side, we have nothing more to add.

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"We are not asking for a figure, we are asking for a split and probably the split doesn’t work well if someone is asking for a figure, and I can definitely say that it’s not our party.

"We have said that we want this fight to happen as much as possible and we are in the position to share whatever the fight generates.

"If it generates a lot, then we are happy to share it. If it doesn’t, it is what it is.

"But it’s all about the glory, it’s all about the legacy, it’s all about the huge thing, the fight has never happened before so we are really thirsty to make it happen.

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"But boxing is a sport of two men and if only Usyk gets into the ring, there won’t be a match for undisputed. It will be shadowboxing of the unified champion.

"What can I say? We are open, we are ready to go, maybe someone wants to avoid the danger and to stay in a comfortable position. I don’t know and I really don’t care.

"If Tyson doesn’t show up, we still have the belts and we go our way."

On their exact demands, Krassyuk added: "We initially agreed for 50/50. But then Tyson was asking for some bigger money.

"So we made it clear that we are ready to go 60/40, but the winner takes 60. That was our latest offer."

Asked to clarify if Team Fury had turned that offer down, Krassyuk confirmed: "Yes, exactly."

Despite difficulties getting the deal over the line, Krassyuk remains "optimistic" that the fight will be made.

He concluded: "I am experienced and I’ve been here for a while. Normally when a fighter does not want to take a fight, he asks for something impossible so it doesn’t take place.

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"On the other side, I’m really optimistic. Maybe Tyson is not ready yet. Maybe he’s is not ready mentally, maybe he’s not ready physically, whatever, I don’t know and we don’t really care.

"We want to make it happen. If he doesn’t want it, we can’t make him want it. So what can I say? The fight should happen someday."

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