Member International Boxing Hall of FameIrish and British boxing legend Barry McGuigan is disappointed that the current holders of all heavyweight belts – Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) from Ukraine and Tyson Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) from Britain – still can’t agree on the terms of a face-to-face fight.
It is no secret that the parties had disputes over the distribution of the prize fund. Usyk’s team wants to share everything equally, while Fury considers himself side A and are not ready to make concessions.
According to McGuigan, because of this, a lot of fights in boxing fell through. Only boxing organizations can change this: “You know what the problem is here? It is that in boxing there is no structure, no model for these unification fights to be held regularly. If there were rules, then we would see the best against the best more often.”
According to McGuigan, until this issue is resolved between organizations, “fighters will continue to choose not the most dangerous fights, but those in which you can earn without the risk of losing. It is this situation that leads to the fact that instead of the fight Fury vs Usyk, we are offered a fight like Fury vs Jake Paul. To be honest, it’s all pretty good. This is such a huge stain on our sport.”
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