Fury vs. Usyk is definitely off, Dubois negotiations to begin this weekend
By Jim Calfa: Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk has confirmed that the Tyson Fury fight is now DEAD and will not happen after he spoke to Fury’s promoter Frank Warren.
As such, IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Usyk will begin negotiations with his WBA mandatory Daniel Dubois to put together a fight with him.
Krassyuk spoke to iFL TV and revealed that he’d talked to Warren, trying to salvage the contest, but in the end, but with no luck.
Fury wanted a 50-50 purse split for the rematch with Usyk if he were to lose to him on April 29th, but Oleksandr wanted a 70-30 split in his favor. Usyk would be taking the more minor split at 70-30 for the first fight with Fury, so he wanted it reversed if he were to win.
Eddie Hearn thinks Usyk went overboard asking for a 70-30 rematch split, considering he feels a 60-40 would be more realistic in his favor.
However, Fury would likely reject that split as well because he’s not been giving in during his negotiations lately, which has resulted in him losing out.
We don’t know which direction Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) will go for his next fight. Although Hearn says he’d like to revisit the Anthony Joshua vs. Fury talks, it’s difficult to know if that match can happen.
Fury recently said that he won’t ever attempt to put a fight together with Joshua again after the two failed to reach an agreement last December.
Alex Krassyuk has just revealed to me on @IFLTV that him & Frank Warren spoke a few hours where they both agreed that Fury v Usyk is DEFINITELY OFF ❌
He added that negotiations for Usyk v Dubois will begin this weekend ✔️
— Umar (@Umar_iFL) March 22, 2023
Oleksandr Usyk's wife continuing to troll Tyson Fury on Instagram today following the collapse of the undisputed fight… pic.twitter.com/BMsThcZO8Y
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) March 22, 2023
If Fury chooses not to negotiate a fight with Joshua, he’s got Joe Joyce eager to fight him. Joyce entered the ring last December after Fury’s victory over Derek Chisora, and he expressed interest in fighting him if the Usyk match fell through.
Joyce would be hard work for the 6’9″ Fury, and he might not want the troubles he’d bring him. ‘The Juggernaut’ Joyce (15-0, 14 KOs) is a hungry challenger Fury must deal with. This isn’t going to be a piece of cake that Fury had beating Chisora, Dillian Whyte, and Deontay Wilder.
Fury’s net worth is $65 million, and you got to wonder how motivated he is to take fights that will be grueling affairs but won’t necessarily pay him huge money.
If Fury rejects a fight against Joshua, then you have to assume that he just wants the easy Chisora-eque type opponents and not guys that will be painful ones that will put him at risk of being knocked out.
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