Usyk vs. Fury: Usyk’s promoter says Fury is “trying to escape” the fight

By Boxing News - 03/13/2023 - Comments

By Charles Brun: Promoter Alex Krassyuk says he believes the Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk fight won’t happen next due to the Gypsy King’s latest demand of “no rematch,” he feels will lead to further obstacles to squirm out of the April 29th undisputed heavyweight clash.

Once Usyk finally puts his foot down, Fury will come back with, ‘Ah ha, he doesn’t want it. I knew it! I’m moving on. Now, where is Dereck Chisora?’

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Krassyuk, the promoter for IBF, WBA & WBO heavyweight champion Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs), says that WBC belt-holder Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) knows that he can’t prepare himself for the fight in just six weeks. As such, he’s setting up one obstacle after another for Usyk, waiting for him to say no so that he can escape.

Krassyuk states that Fury never expected Usyk to agree to the 70-30 split, but when he called his bluff, he was surprised and obviously unhappy.

So now we’re seeing Fury up the ante, coming up with another demand, hoping Usyk will reject it so he can wriggle out of the bout without risking his precious inflated record.

Krassyuk notes that Fury’s start of training camp last weekend was a mere “theatrical performance,” feigning like he was preparing, but in reality, he was doing no such thing.

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What was telling was that there was no sign of Fury’s trainer Sugarhill Steward in his so-called preparation. It was just him and his good buddy Joseph Parker standing in the ring posing, Fury looking fat around the midsection, with no hope of losing that pendulous belly in just six weeks of training camp.

“As soon as Usyk accepts a no rematch clause, there will still be searching for another thing to find and pull out,” said Alex Krassyuk to talkSPORT Boxing.

It’s painfully obvious that no matter what Usyk agrees to, Fury will give another order for him to agree to or else.

“I don’t believe anyone will fight,” said Krassyuk. “Even if you accept this now, he will still try to find a way out. He didn’t expect Usyk to accept 70/30.

“He was not in a training camp, and we see the next morning, the theatrical performance that he was pretending to jog and fight someone in the ring.

“Fury was the first to ask for the rematch, and we supported this,” Krassyuk continued. “He’s not prepared for it. It’s only five weeks left; it’s not sufficient for any proper fighter to get prepared.

His credibility is already shot to pieces. The man is trying to escape. It’s not about money; it’s about fear,” said Krassyuk about Fury.

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