The reigning WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk turned to WBC title holder Tyson Fury, accusing a potential opponent of trying to evade the fight by presenting excessive financial demands.
“Tyson, you talk about greatness in boxing, and at the same time you say ‘give me more money’,” the Ukrainian wrote on the social network, referring to the “Gypsy King”. “Greatness in boxing is not about money – greatness comes from winning. You say that I avoid you, although I have never done this and even ready to fight on your territory. Moreover, I am ready to box with you for free.”
A month ago, Usik’s manager, Egis Klimas, announced that negotiations for a duel with the Briton were at the final stage, and that the fight would take place no later than March 4, however, during this time the parties could not reach an agreement.
In August last year, Oleksandr Usyk successfully defended the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles, defeating British Anthony Joshua by split decision, and Tyson Fury last entered the ring in December, stopping his compatriot Derek Chisora in the tenth round.