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Alex Krassyuk to Tyson Fury: “Fight Oleksandr Usyk or retire”

Tyson Fury and Ricky Hatton
Tyson Fury and Ricky Hatton

The manager of WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13) has called o WBC counterpart Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) to retire if he is not prepared to face the Ukrainian southpaw.

The pair were in protracted negotiations earlier this year for a bout of April 29 with talks eventually falling apart seemingly because Fury kept moving the goalposts.

Usyk’s manager Alex Krassyuk said they will send Fury a formal offer shortly to try to flush out the 33-year-old Brit.

“According to my knowledge [Fury] will receive a formal written offer very soon and it will be Tyson’s decision whether to take it or leave it,” Krassyuk said to iFL TV.

“We’ve done everything possible to make this fight happen and the ball is on Tyson’s side. It’s an offer to take it or leave it.

“If you take it then you have the biggest fight of your career. If you hesitate or try to trade out something or try to swing around, it shows that you’re not serious. And you have to relinquish the belt and retire, not for one month or one week, as you used to retire recently, but probably forever.”

Meanwhile, Ricky Hatton has warned his friend Fury that his constant use of social media is damaging his brand and causing followers to question his truthfulness.

“I know Tyson wants to fight AJ and I know he wants to fight Usyk, that’s the top and bottom of it,” Hatton told Mail Sport.

“But sometimes I don’t know if it’s the social media world we live in and trying to use social media in order to make the big fights [that is preventing them from happening].

“I can only speak not as Tyson’s friend – Tyson is my friend and I know he wants them fights and I certainly hope he gets them – but if we’re gonna be totally honest, certainly if you’re a neutral you’d be thinking, ‘same old stuff different day’.

“I’m not saying that Tyson doesn’t mean what he says, but I think it’s gone past the stage where I don’t think anyone knows what to take seriously anymore – and that’s not just from Tyson. From Tyson, from Eddie [Hearn], from whoever. I know Tyson wants the fight, but I don’t know what to believe just like the neutrals at the minute.”

Fury fought twice last year, knocking out Dillian Whyte in six frames in April and stopping gatekeeper Derek Chisora in 10 in December in their trilogy bout.

Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk, 36, fought just once last year, retaining his unified championship against Anthony Joshua in their rematch in August. His previous bout was his title winning effort against Joshua was in September 2021. Both bouts were won by decision.