Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk has told talkSPORT that Tyson Fury has turned down his latest offer of a 60/40 to win deal.
The heavyweight champions are in protracted negotiations for an undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO world title showdown targeted for April 29 at Wembley Stadium.
However, time is running out to reach an agreement, which has been complicated by the fact that initial plans to stage a battle over an exorbitant site fee in Saudi Arabia have collapsed.
On Monday, UK-based Fury co-promoter Frank Warren told talkSPORT that negotiations could end soon.
Krassyuk, Usyk’s representative, joined White and Jordan on talkSPORT on Tuesday to tell his side of the story.
“Frank Warren said he has a pot and he needs the consent of both parties to enter and if there isn’t enough money in the pot it’s not going to happen,” Krassyuk began.
“I totally agree. We have nothing more to add from our side.
“We’re not asking for a number, we’re asking for a split and probably the split doesn’t work well when someone asks for a number and I can definitely say it’s not our party.
“We’ve said we want this fight to happen as often as possible and we’re able to share whatever the fight produces.
“If it’s useful, we’re happy to share it. If not, it is what it is.
“But it’s all about the glory, it’s all about the legacy, it’s all about the great, the fight hasn’t happened before so we’re really thirsty to make it happen.
“But boxing is a sport of two men and if only Usyk steps into the ring there will not be a fight that is undisputed. It will be the shadow boxing of the united champion.
“What can I say? We’re open, we’re ready to go, maybe someone wants to avoid danger and stay in a comfortable position. I don’t know and I really don’t care.
“If Tyson doesn’t show up, we still have the belts and we’re on our way.”
Krassyuk left to explain the latest purse-sharing negotiations.
“We initially agreed it was 50/50,” he continued, “but then Tyson asked for a little more money.
“So we made it clear we’re ready to go 60/40, but the winner takes 60.
“That was our last offer.”
When asked if Fury turned that down, Krassyuk replied, “Yes, exactly.”
The Ukrainian now appears to have doubts about the Gypsy King’s intentions but insisted he remains optimistic.
“I have experience and I’ve been here for a while,” Krassyuk said as he began to wrap up the interview.
“Usually when a fighter doesn’t want to fight, they ask for something impossible so it doesn’t happen.
“On the other hand, I’m really optimistic.
“Maybe Tyson isn’t ready yet. Maybe he’s not ready mentally, maybe he’s not ready physically, whatever, I don’t know and we don’t care either.
“We want to make it possible. If he doesn’t want it, we can’t make him want it.
“So what should I say? The fight should happen one day.”
https://talksport.com/sport/boxing/1355183/oleksandr-usyk-tyson-fury-promoter-fight/ Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter claims Tyson Fury turned down the 60/40 deal for the winner over an undisputed fight