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Tyson Fury scotches any chance of an Oleksandr Usyk bout

Oleksandr Usyk (left), Tyson Fury (right) with promoter Bob Arum in the middle. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) has doubled down on his position that he has nothing to gain from facing Oleksandr Usyk 21-0 (14).

The boxing public has long called for a fight between the WBC heavyweight titleholder Fury and WBC, WBO and IBF champion Usyk. For awhile, it even looked like it might happen.

But negotiations for the bout fell through earlier this year when Usyk wanted a 50-50 purse split for the rematch if he won their first bout. The purse split for their initial fight was set to be 70-30 in Fury’s favour.

After the fight fell apart Ukrainian southpaw Usyk, 36, moved on to defend his titles against WBA mandatory contender Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois 19-2 (18), knocking him out in the ninth round. Britain’s Fury, 35, will return to action next month when he takes on boxing debutant and former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in a 10-round non-title bout in Saudi Arabia on October 28.

In an interview with former Manchester United and England footballer Rio Ferdinand for TNT Sports, Fury admitted that there was big demand for a fight with Usyk but stood firm that it would not happen unless there was an extraordinary amount of money of the table.

“The fans want it and if the money’s there we’ll do it,” Fury said. “Why on in the world would I want to fight [Usyk] for no money, he’s got zero personality, he’s an ugly bastard with gappy teeth and he’s half the size of me, so it’s all to gain for him and nothing to gain for me, isn’t it?

“If I beat him it’s ‘oh well he beat a middleweight’, if he beats me then he beat the legendary Tyson Fury and it’s for no money.

“And it’s not just that, he was offered the fight in Wembley in April and he didn’t take it, he ran away, looking for more money.

“I understand that everyone wants the most money possible, I do. This is prizefighting, we all want the biggest bag, and as much as people say it’s about the belts, it’s about my record or my legacy, no. It’s about getting paid and getting laid.”

Fury added: “If you put Oleksandr Usyk in Morecambe in a leisure centre, he wouldn’t sell it out… And then I offered him 30% of a large bag and they said no they want more.

“On what merit do you deserve more? I’m a superstar, you’re a nobody… And if the fight does come, no problem I’ll knock him out.”

Usyk won the unified heavyweight championship with a unanimous decision victory over two-time champ Anthony Joshua 26-3 (23) in September 2019. Their immediate rematch 11 months later resulted in a split decision win for Usyk.

Next up Usyk is expected to face IBF mandatory Filip ‘El Animal’ Hrgovic 16-0 (13) of Croatia.

As for Fury, he has remained cagey about his future moves. One thought bubble he floated recently was facing Ngannou in a rematch in an MMA bout or taking on current UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones in a boxing bout.