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Oleksandr Usyk says he doesn’t care about WBC belt, he just wants Tyson Fury

Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury

WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13) says he isn’t interest in the WBC belt, just beating Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) to prove he is the best big man in the world.

Earlier this year negotiations for fight between the pair on at Wembley Stadium in London on April 29 dragged on to the point that it was never going to get signed in time for both boxers to put in a proper training camp.

Ukrainian southpaw Usyk, 36, conceded a 70-30 split in favour of Fury for the fight, but demanded a 50-50 split for the rematch if he topped the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’ in their first bout.

Team Fury wouldn’t have it.

As a result, Usyk has moved on and will now face his mandatory Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois 19-1 (18) in Wroclaw, Poland on August 26.

Meanwhile, the 34-year-old Fury has opted for a very different route. He will face former UFC heavyweight champion and boxing debutant Francis Ngannou in a non-title bout in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 28.

“He’s beautiful, he’s funny. I don’t think about him at all, I just need to meet him in the ring,” Usyk said of Fury.

“I don’t even care about the belt anymore. I need him, I need him, the WBC title is just a little extra motivation but the people and the fans just need to see us fight.

“We need to fight, we need to fight. People talk about this fight for 20, 30, 40 years so we need to have the fight.”

Usyk is expected to be too skillful for England’s Dubois, 25, who is renowned for his punching power.

“Dubois is young and good, he’s a prospect but Frank Warren is a promoter so he has to talk a lot,” the former undisputed cruiserweight champion said.

Earlier this week Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk was scathing of Fury, saying the big Brit was actively ducking his fighter and denying his fans the fight they desparetely want to see.

“Tyson Fury has become famous, rich, recognised, only for one reason and the reason is because boxing fans put hands in their pockets and spend money on his fights,” Krassyuk told SecondsOut.

“It means buying pay-per-views, it means buying tickets, buying merchandise, whatever. So the money that Tyson Fury has in his account is the money that comes from fans’ pockets. And showing the disrespect to the fans, like he does, fans want something in return. And the thing they want in return is the big fight and Tyson is not delivering. He’s not paying back.

“This is disrespectful to his fans and this is what can completely destroy Tyson’s image. [Fury’s co-promoter] Frank Warren used to say that there’s so much hate for Tyson Fury because Usyk and his team came and showed up and tried to put pressure, dirty pressure—no, that’s not the reason. This is the reason. He’s disrespectful to his fans, that’s the only reason.”