Oleksandr Usyk reveals why he stopped negotiations with Tyson Fury and what the purse-sharing REALLY was when talks collapsed
OLEKSANDR USYK has revealed why negotiations for his fight with Tyson Fury fell through.
The Ukrainian was set to fight Fury in a heavyweight unification bout before negotiations collapsed.
In an interview with Volodymyr Kobelkov, Usyk canceled the negotiations, saying: “I see that nothing is happening, he’s trying to play us, and I said: ‘That’s all, bye’.”
Usyk’s agent Egis Klimas insisted Fury was making more and more demands making it impossible to find a compromise.
This is despite a reported 70-30 split in the purse, which Usyk has now confirmed.
Usyk revealed the true split in the purse before brutally laying down Fury’s claim to be ‘king’.
He added, “He’s like, ’70/30, I’m the king. It’s all thanks to me.’ I won’t answer that, I understand that this is a mental game.
“The king is the king. And the king doesn’t need to shout that he’s the king.”
Despite the collapse, Usyk has kept his eyes on the British boxing scene, divulging both the opponent and the location of his next fight.
He said: “It will probably be Daniel Dubois at the end of the summer… I’m going to go to the UK, I love it very much.
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“My first big successes were in Great Britain. Then Anthony Joshua. I like this place, I like the fans, the people.”
In fact, a WBA statement Monday confirmed they had ordered the fight, with a negotiation period beginning April 4 and ending May 2.
It also comes after a wild comparison he drew between Fury and boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Speaking of Fury, Usyk said: “He’s trying very hard to copy the great Muhammad Ali.
“But the copy is very bad.”
https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/sport/10472213/usyk-fury-stopped-negotiations-reason-purse/ Oleksandr Usyk reveals why he stopped negotiations with Tyson Fury and what the purse-sharing REALLY was when talks collapsed