The holders of all heavyweight belts Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) from Ukraine and Tyson Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) from the UK still cannot agree on a face-to-face fight. The problem of negotiations is disputes over the distribution of the prize fund. The Ukrainian team demands half, the British promoters are not ready to go for it.
shared promoter Eddie HearnMatchroom Boxing): “You yourself know that I rarely can agree with the arguments of John Fury. But this time I understand it. But there is a problem. Sometimes, in order to get what you really want, you need to make certain concessions. And the title of absolute world champion is exactly what both sides want very much.”
“It’s a classic boxing situation,” Hearn smiles. – One side says: “We will not give them 50% of the prize fund.” And the second replies: “Either 50/50, or there will be no fight, because we have three titles on our hands.” So someone will definitely have to make concessions, because both sides really want to do it. About the market value of the fighters? Well, everything is obvious here. It is much higher in Fury. She is on a different level compared to Usyk.”
What if this fight doesn’t take place? Rumor has it that the boxer from Ukraine has other options – perhaps even Deontay Wilder. However, Usyk’s promoter says: “We are very close to organizing a fight with Fury.”