Usyk’s promoter predicts more contract problems from Tyson Fury tomorrow
By Sam Volz: Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk jokingly predicts that Tyson Fury will send a draft agreement tomorrow with a slew of different things that he’ll want to be agreed on for the April 29th fight.
Krassyuk suggests that Fury is trying to set the bar so high that Usyk will finally give up and walk away because it will be too much, even for him to take. He doesn’t believe Fury wants the fight; ultimately, it won’t happen.
It’s believed that WBC heavyweight champion Fury’s original 70-30 purse split demand from IBF/WBA/WBO champ Usyk was designed to intentionally price himself out because he didn’t want the fight. Surprisingly, Oleksandr agreed to it. But now that he has, Fury is telling him a “no rematch” clause, which Usyk says he never even asked for.
Krassyuk might be right about Fury wanting more concessions from Usyk, perhaps more. Usyk may give up if Fury gets too ridiculous with his demands.
— alex.krassyuk (@AKrassyuk) March 13, 2023
From a physical standpoint, Fury could be in trouble if the fight happens because he looks fat and out of shape, and he’s not going to get in good enough condition in six weeks to win this match.
This isn’t Dillian Whyte, Derek Chisora, or Deontay Wilder that Fury is fighting. Usyk is a much different fighter than those guys, and the bulk that Fury was carrying around for those fights would be an anchor against Oleksandr.
Malignaggi: Fury didn’t think Usyk would take 70-30 deal
“Tyson Fury wanted a 70-30 deal, and he didn’t think Usyk would take it. The reason I’m so high on Eastern Europeans is that they just want to fight. These guys are a different breed,” said Paulie Malignaggi to Paulie TV.
“I don’t think Fury expected Usyk to accept a 70-30 deal. I’m not saying that he gave him a 70-30 ultimatum because he didn’t want to fight Usyk. Fury has fought a lot of good fighters like Klitschko and Deontay Wilder. I don’t know why he’d give that ultimatum and not make the fight.
“I don’t know that he thought Usyk would take the fight. When you give a 70-30 ultimatum to a guy that has 3 out of 4 titles in your weight class, that’s kind of rough.
“Most guys are going to say no, but Usyk wanted the fight. That’s pretty crazy. Usyk accepted and he wanted the fight,” said Malignaggi.
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