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Frank Warren says Fury is doing his best to keep the Usyk fight still alive


The WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury's manager, Frank Warren, will make every effort to rearrange the bout with Oleksandr Usyk.


The WBO, IBF, IBO, and WBA heavyweight champion Usyk's promoter Alexander Krassyuk recently declared that a matchup with Fury is presently in doubt.


For the past few weeks, the fight has been in intense talks with a showdown scheduled for April 29 at London's Wembley Stadium.


Usyk and his handlers claim that after their party agreed to accept a 70-30 financial split in the Gypsy King's favor, Fury began to make unabated demands.


Krassyuk claims that the conflict is presently over and that they will look into other options.


“If I start telling you the list of things [Fury] wanted, one, five, ten, or 15 minutes will not be enough. There was a list of things he wanted to get in his favor that was absolutely unacceptable, which were completely disrespectful to the unified champion and former undisputed [cruiserweight] champion," Krassyuk told Talk Sport.


“I cannot disclose the negotiations, it’s part of the ethics. So, if I start to go into the details, it won’t look good. Maybe, if the other party would be willing to take the decision to disclose what were the things then we can talk about it. At this time, I cannot do this just for this reason…. With huge regret in my heart, I must admit [the fight is off]… [Usyk] will take a short break and comply with his mandatories.”


However, Warren is not ready to close the book on their negotiations. The veteran promoter explains that the only big sticking point is the rematch clause.


“Tyson publicly stated that we should scrap the rematch, this was to simplify the deal. Rematch clauses can be very difficult and Tyson’s been there before when a rematch blocked a fight with him and Anthony Joshua [in 2021] when Deontay Wilder took him to court. That kyboshed that fight with Joshua," Warren told Talk Sport.


“Anyway, I convinced Tyson to take the rematch [with Usyk] and he did. So I told them on Sunday we’re gonna go with the rematch. Then we got into a situation with how the rematch money is gonna be split and that’s what we’ve been working on… Why can’t it be overcome if he wants the fight? We want the fight, why can’t it be overcome?… There’s no reason for this fight to be off.”


“Tyson publicly stated that we should scrap the rematch, this was to simplify the deal. Rematch clauses can be very difficult and Tyson’s been there before when a rematch blocked a fight with him and Anthony Joshua [in 2021] when Deontay Wilder took him to court. That kyboshed that fight with Joshua," Warren told Talk Sport.


“Anyway, I convinced Tyson to take the rematch [with Usyk] and he did. So I told them on Sunday we’re gonna go with the rematch. Then we got into a situation with how the rematch money is gonna be split and that’s what we’ve been working on… Why can’t it be overcome if he wants the fight? We want the fight, why can’t it be overcome?… There’s no reason for this fight to be off.”


Because of the money at stake, Warren claims that Usyk and his handlers have been pushing to include a rematch provision.


If Usyk fulfills his obligatory obligations, Daniel Dubois, the WBA's "regular" champion, will be the opponent for his mandatory defense. The obligatory defenses for the WBO against Joe Joyce and the IBF against Filip Hrgovic follow.


“You know why they want the rematch clause? Because it’s two paydays. Where are they gonna earn the type of money they can earn fighting Tyson twice? They aren’t gonna get that type of money to fight Filip Hrgovic, Joe Joyce or Daniel Dubois. But Tyson brings a lot of money to the table, that’s why they want it," Warren detailed.


“We are willing to take the same deal as what they did for their rematch with Anthony Joshua. I know what that deal is so we’ll go with that, no problem with that.”


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