The undisputed heavyweight title fight between Britain’s Tyson Fury and Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk is “unlikely to happen next,” according to Usyk’s promoter.
The fight was scheduled for April 29 at London’s Wembley Stadium, but Alex Krassyuk claims Fury has priced himself out of the fight.
According to Krassyuk, Fury rejected a 60/40 split for the winner, and Usyk may instead face Daniel Dubois next.
“I don’t think Fury and Usyk will fight in April, or even next year, because Usyk has mandatory obligations,” he says.
Fury, 34, is the WBC champion, while Usyk, 36, is the WBO, WBA, and IBF champion.
Krassyuk told BBC Sport: “Unless Queensberry [Fury’s promoters] win a lottery and have enough money to pay Tyson’s demands, it is very unlikely to happen.”
Queensberry Promotions’ Frank Warren, who represents Fury, said a decision on the fight “will be decided by this weekend”.
Fury offered a 70/30 split on his social media channels on Friday.
“I’ll deduct one percent from the 30% for every day from today that you linger or mess around,” he said on Instagram.
Usyk, a former undisputed cruiserweight champion, has won all 20 of his professional fights, while Fury has 33 wins and one draw.
‘Usyk will not give up on his quest for greatness.’
A possible Fury-Usyk fight to crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion in the four-belt era was nearing completion.
Saudi Arabia was thought to be the favorite to host, but the new Jeddah Stadium could not be completed in time for both champions.
Wembley Stadium was then provisionally booked, and Krassyuk joined Warren at Arsenal’s home Premier League game against Manchester City on 15 February to continue negotiations.
“Everyone was on board,” Krassyuk said. “The only thing pending was Tyson Fury’s approval, which is still pending.”