Promoter accuses Fury of turning down 60-40 offer to fight Usyk
Tyson Fury has turned down an offer of a 60-40 split in favour of the winner for his undisputed showdown with Oleksandr Usyk, according to the Ukrainian’s promoter, writes metro.co.uk.
IBF, WBO and WBA champion Usyk and WBC champion, Fury, have been in talks for a historic fight to crown the heavyweight division’s first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis.
Wembley Stadium is the front runner to host the fight on April 29, but Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren revealed this week there is still no deal in place, admitting they are ‘none the wiser’ as to whether it will go ahead.
Warren also revealed there is a deadline set for the end of the week if they wish to proceed with that April 29 date. But Usyk’s promoter, Alexander Krassyuk, has revealed their offer, which would see the winner walk away with a 60 per cent split of the fight purse, has been rejected.
‘‘We initially agreed for 50/50. But then Tyson was asking for some bigger money,’’ Krassyuk told talkSPORT.
“So, we made it clear that we are ready to go 60/40, but the winner takes 60. That was our latest offer,” he said.
Asked if Fury turned that down, Krassyuk replied: “Yes, exactly.”
Despite the prolonged negotiations, Krassyuk still believes Fury wants the fight but suggested he may not be “ready mentally” for it to take place in April.
“I am experienced and I’ve been here for a while,” Krassyuk continued.
“Normally, when a fighter does not want to take a fight, he asks for something impossible so it doesn’t take place. On the other side, I’m really optimistic.
“Maybe Tyson is not ready yet. Maybe he is not ready mentally, maybe he’s not ready physically, whatever, I don’t know and we don’t really care.
“We want to make it happen. If he doesn’t want it, we can’t make him want it. So what can I say? The fight should happen someday.”