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If ‘Greedy Belly’ is not ready to face Oleksandr Usyk now, when will he be?

Promoter Alexander Krassyuk and Oleksandr Usyk

The promoter of WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13) says they have made everything as simple as possible for WBC titleholder Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) to accept an offer to fight.

Negotiations for the four-belt unification bout fell apart earlier this year when Britain’s Fury, 35, refused to accept a 50-50 split for the rematch after demanding – and receiving – 70-30 for the proposed first fight.

Ukrainian southpaw Usyk, 36, has since signed a deal with Saudi Arabian outfit Skill Challenge Promotions who have deep pockets and are extremely keen to make the fight.

Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk says the undisputed bout remains their top priority.

“We will keep walking our way to the undisputed [championship], whatever it takes,” Krassyuk told Boxing Social.

“There were no terms on the table actually. We had it 50-50, that is the term on the table. That’s the only acceptable term on the table, if it goes to the fight in London. If it comes to the fight in Saudi, we don’t need to negotiate anything with Tyson Fury. We just need to get his consent. If it’s not in the UK, if it’s somewhere else, it’s easy. We just negotiate each side and that’s it.

“I mean, Saudi is a great contribution to boxing. We know how people call Tyson ‘Greedy Belly’. So probably he is greedy, probably for money. I don’t know. Money probably means a lot to him. So here we go with these guys that are able to deliver this money to him, but at the final point someone has to give his consent on his behalf. Or the good thing is when Tyson Fury gives his own consent to fight Usyk, you know what I mean?

“That’s the only thing pending. If he’s ready, then he’s ready. If he’s not, then there’s nothing we can do about it and no money in the world can buy his consent.”

Uysk is back in action on Saturday when he defends his titles against mandatory challenger Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois 19-1 (18) at Stadion Wroclaw in Wroclaw, Poland.

Meanwhile, Fury is preparing for a 10-round non-title fight against boxing debutant and former UFC champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia on October 28.

ESPN’s Tim Bradley has warned Usyk against looking too impressive against Dubois, while admitting it is almost inevitable.

“I anticipate a resounding knockout victory for Usyk,” Bradley said. “It’ll be surprising if Dubois doesn’t fall apart against Usyk because he looked like an awful mess in his last fight, getting dropped three times by little known Kevin Lerena.

“It will become apparent why the highly regarded WBC champion Tyson Fury, widely considered the number heavyweight in the world, chose to avoid facing the immoveable, dangerous, determined Usyk.

“If Usyk looks too good on Saturday night with a blowout victory over Dubois, that could permanently scare off Fury for good.

“Many boxing fans believe Fury is terrified of fighting Usyk and they him turning down aa 70-30 offer as all the proof they need to verify that.”