Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk says the Ukrainian’s undisputed heavyweight title fight against Tyson Fury is in danger of failing due to the Gypsy King’s financial demands.
Usyk and Fury have spent the last few months negotiating the terms of the fight – which will unite the division for the first time since Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield in 1999.
However, Krassyuk says the two heavyweight boxers are far from agreeing on the terms of a historic matchup as they struggle to keep an eye on finances.
Krassyuk told iD Boxing: “I can only tell you from the words I hear from my negotiators, my partners Frank and George Warren. According to their reports, Tyson Fury was asking for too much money.
Krassyuk added: “Even if Oleksandr Usyk got a zero for the fight, it still wouldn’t be enough for Tyson to cover his [demands].
Boxing fans around the world are looking forward to a deal between Fury – the current holder of the WBC title – and Usyk – the current holder of the WBA, WBO and IBF belts
“Usually when a fighter doesn’t want to fight, he asks for the impossible and then it doesn’t happen. This is from my experience. I’ve been in boxing for almost 20 years and I’ve seen it so many times.
“When you’re looking for an opponent for your player and you find a suitable option and he doesn’t want to come, he says ‘pay me 100 instead of five.’
His comments came shortly after Eddie Hearn walked out of Fury for being “greedy” and asking for too much money for the fight.
Speaking to IFL TV, Hearn said: “When will you start to understand? “It’s not about the money” “I’ll fight him for free” “As long as tickets are free for the general public.”
‘F*** myself. you want money. You want too much money. You are not random as you think you are. This fight is not as big as you think.
“Everyone is talking about big fights in the Middle East for the world heavyweight championship, but guess what, there is only one person who has had big fights in the Middle East and that is Moi.
“Right, three fights. Three World Heavyweight Championships. Two in Saudi Arabia as well as a big card in Abu Dhabi. It’s about greed. If you care about your legacy and want to be unquestioned, you take the fight. So you will get £50m or £60m instead of the £80m, £100m or £125m you asked for.
fuck me. You’ve all been playing all these years. But focus on one. April 1. O2 Arena. AJ returns against Jermaine Franklin.
“He never shied away from anyone. He always wanted fights. I fought with all these people in progress. He never said Porky Dog. I never went on social media and said I would give all my money back. Fuck now. Stand behind Anthony Joshua.
When asked if he thought a Fury-Usyk fight would actually happen, Hearn replied: “I mean, maybe! If you really want to fight. You have to make concessions. Fury is right about being the bigger draw, but now let me tell you something.
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“When Tyson Fury tied Wilder and didn’t have a world champion belt, we offered him 60/40 to fight Anthony Joshua as a voluntary challenger. Not as a mandatory challenger.
But he came back and said he would only fight 50/50. Back then, AJ was a much bigger draw. He was the unified heavyweight champion of the world and Tyson Fury had no belts. The fight didn’t take place.
Fury is worth more than 50/50 in this fight, but if you want to be the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world since Lennox Lewis, you take 50/50.
“If Oleksandr Usyk is a bit middleweight and not good, it’s easy money. But he knows how good Usyk is. When will you fucking wake up. It’s not about heritage. Some people care about heritage and some people don’t care about heritage. I care about the legacy.