The potential heavyweight unification bout between Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury is still up in the air, according to Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk. Despite news last week that the two fighters had reached a tentative agreement to fight at Wembley Stadium on April 29, Krassyuk remains unconvinced that the fight will take place.
Krassyuk believes that Fury is continuously making new demands in a tactical move to make the fight fall through. Usyk has already agreed to Fury’s demand of a 70-30 monetary split, as long as Fury donates $1 million to Usyk’s home country of Ukraine, which is currently in conflict with Russia.
“As Usyk said, the greedy belly (Fury) is still hoping to find a way to pull out. We knew before and know it now,” Krassyuk told Talk Sport. “He bluffed and Usyk called his bluff. This is 100 percent. He didn’t expect Usyk to accept 70-30.”
Krassyuk claims that even if Fury were to accept the current terms, he would still try to find a way out of the fight. “It’s all about nothing. He’s not prepared and scared to fight. He will try to find a way to avoid Usyk for as long as possible. We don’t trust him, we don’t believe him,” Krassyuk said.
The WBA had been pushing both boxers to reach a deal, or they would have ordered Usyk to make a mandatory defense against Daniel Dubois. Despite the tentative agreement, it seems that there is still a long way to go before the fight can be confirmed.