Saudis haven’t sent Tyson Fury offer for Oleksandr Usyk fight in December
By Charles Brun: Promoter Frank Warren says he’s yet to receive an offer from the Saudis for a fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk in December. Warren is waiting for a “written offer” from the Saudis, which is supposed to be coming soon but still hasn’t
Some fans believe the fight the Saudis want is the Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder match-up, and the Fury-Usyk match-up is irrelevant and a nuisance.
WBC heavyweight champion Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) hasn’t fought since last December when he beat Derek Chisora.
Have the Saudis lost interest in Fury-Usyk?
Have the Saudis changed their mind about staging the Fury vs. Usyk fight in their country in December? If so, what made them lose interest in putting this fight on? Has Fury become too much of a prima donna for the Saudis don’t want to deal with?
Could it be the difficulty in trying to negotiate fights with Fury? You got to believe that it would be no easy task for the Saudis to attempt to negotiate a deal with Fury for December.
If Fury asks for an enormous break-the-bank amount of dough for his fight with Usyk, even the wealthy Saudis have their limits. They would wash their hands of Fury, wish him good luck with his career, and focus on the mouth-watering fight between Joshua and Wilder.
Warren would like to make a fight between Fury and Joshua for the summer, but AJ is not showing interest. Given Joshua’s difficulties in negotiating a fight with Fury last year, you can’t blame him for not wanting to go down that avenue again.
Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn aren’t going to pour energy into trying to make a summer fight with Fury if they don’t trust him to set a crazy deadline and threaten to pull the rug out from under them if they don’t agree to all his whims.
Fury seems to have become hard to deal with since his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder, and it’s difficult to know what happened to him to make him so intractable.
“We were told we were going to get an offer, a written offer, because it’s got to be a written offer,” said Frank Warren to iFL TV about the Saudis not having sent an offer for the Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk fight in December.
“Apparently, it’s going to be sent in due course, but we’ve not had it, but those conversations were quite a while ago, but we’ve not had it yet. Maybe they haven’t got a clearance yet to put it on.
“You can’t expect Tyson to be sitting around waiting because by December, he’ll have been sitting around for a year. We’ve tried desperately to make a fight. AJ is fighting in August. Why doesn’t he just fight Tyson?” said Warren.
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