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Oleksandr Usyk believes Tyson Fury fight is inevitable, but says concessions won’t be made

Oleksandr Usyk. Photo credit: Getty Images

WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13) believes a fight with WBC counterpart Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) will eventually happen, but he can’t say when.

The two camps were in negotiations for six months for a bout that was supposed to take place on April 29 but disputes around the purse split and rematch clause caused discussions to collapse.

There has now been talk of Usyk and Fury locking horns in a doubleheader in Saudi Arabia in December on a card that would also feature a clash between former world champions Anthony Joshua 25-3 (22) and Deontay Wilder 43-2-1 (42), effectively showcasing the four best heavyweights in the world on the one promotion.

“I can’t say anything about the fight with Tyson Fury yet. At the moment the fight is not planned, since the negotiations, let’s say, are at an impasse,” Usyk told VRinge.

“As far as I know, Wilder and Joshua will fight at the end of this year, but the details of the contract are being discussed within their teams, so no specific comments on that either.”

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn gave an insight into the negotiations with the Saudis this week.

“The situation is, Saudi Arabia would like to do Fury against Usyk, AJ against Wilder on the same night,” the Matchroom Boxing boss told Satmina for Sale.

“I went out there two weeks ago, they’re deadly serious. I’ve done two big fights with them before. I know they deliver.

“As I understand it, they’ve been doing their own negotiations with Deontay Wilder, which have gone very well. They’ve been talking to Usyk for a year because obviously he boxed AJ over there. And they know the rough kind of numbers of what we want based on what we received for the Andy Ruiz fight and the Usyk fight in Saudi.

“Fury’s another story altogether, but not my business. All I’m concerned about is doing the deal for AJ against Wilder.”

Usyk sees Fury as a showman as much as a boxer, but criticised his approach to the fight game.

“For Fury, boxing is not only a sport, but also a show,” the 36-year-old Ukrainian southpaw said. “And there is another factor – money. He talks about them all the time and talks about these incredible amounts that he wants to receive for the fight. I believe that all his loud statements are the intensity of passions. Without it, he would be nowhere. So what is he afraid of? He is a professional athlete. And even if he loses, he will [get his money].

“It’s no secret that purses are contractually set for both parties. If he wants to draw intrigue, it’s his right, but no one will run after him or make concessions. The fight will take place sooner or later. And everything will be decided in the ring.

“The negotiation process proceeded as it always does. There was nothing unique. The only question mark is Tyson Fury. Holding on to the WBC belt and setting up unacceptable fight conditions in order to be rejected in advance is much more important to him than playing fair in the interests of the boxing industry and the fans who are waiting for this fight.”