Tyson Fury’s fight against Oleksandr Usyk is now over.
Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krasiuk confirmed to Sky Sports News that talks for an undisputed heavyweight title fight have not come to an end.
Usyk will now look to defend his heavyweight titles against WBA mandatory challenger Daniel Dubois.
“I will try to express how disappointed I am, not only for Usyk, that this fight did not happen, but for all boxing fans around the world. Because this is probably the most anticipated fight, the most anticipated fight, the most requested fight not only from the fans, but also from us,” Krasyuk told Sky Sports.
“I’d love to see this fight. I’d love to do it as a promoter. Usyk would love to be a part of such a big fight and we’re ready and we’re hungry to do it. Of course we’re going to use every effort if there’s any. But in my eyes I don’t think it’s possible.
Usyk’s director Egis Klimas questioned anger And his team wants to fight in April.
“Ozic’s side walked away from further negotiations because that wasn’t enough for the angry side. [and wanted] To take everything and all rights to their side,” Klimas told Sky Sports.
“I don’t want to go into details because all the negotiations were confidential, but I will tell you one thing, when a fighter doesn’t want to fight, he buys himself knowing that the fight won’t happen.
“They probably forgot that Usyk holds the majority of belts in the heavyweight division and Tyson only has one.
“They said Tyson is a face and he should have all the rights, but look at the stats on the pay-per-view with Tyson vs. Chisora and Usyk vs. Chisora and then say who is he?”
Sky Sports has approached Fury’s UK and US promoters for comment.
Frank Warren, UK Fury’s promoter, told TalkSports He can save the negotiations if he wants to.
But Kraciuk responded by saying the issue of the rematch clause was just the straw that broke the camel’s back as those talks broke down.
“They did everything we did,” Graciuk told Sky Sports. Tried hard. We all tried to do that. “[The] The phrase rematch was the point where it all blew up.
“The discussion about the split in the rematch was when Usyk got tired of everything. He said, ‘How many times do I have to bow to Tyson.’
Krasiuk said a fighting deal could still be “acceptable, but the split shouldn’t be 70/30.”
He insisted that the undisputed championship was their “priority”.
“The money expected for Usyk in this fight is not even close to what Usyk won in his last fight. It certainly wasn’t Usyk’s payday, and it certainly wasn’t his attempt to get more money. This is his bid for the WBC belt,” Kraciuk said.
“We will do everything we can to bring this fight to the fans,” he added. “With Usyk, we’ve been together since 2013. We’ve been through hell, fire, water, everything. We’ve never had a problem with our opponents, we’ve always been flexible.
The Fury v Usyk fight is one of the most important fights in world boxing.
Between them, they hold all four major world heavyweight titles.
Fury, who became the first unified world champion when he sensationally defeated Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, has never lost those titles in the ring, but they have been vacated since he was out for more than two years.
He made a great comeback in 2018 and controversially pinned Deontay Wilder that year. Fury then defeated Wilder in a rematch for the WBC title and won again in a thrilling three-way fight in 2021.
He is undefeated and has held the WBC belt since then, with Fury coming out on top in two bouts on the London court last year, stopping Dillian White and Derek Chisora in his title defence.
OSC, a former undisputed cruiserweight champion, established himself as Fury’s closest rival at the top of the heavyweight division.
He moved up to heavyweight and in 2021 he defeated Anthony Joshua to win the IBF, IBF and WBA titles.
The Ukrainian defended those belts with another convincing win over Joshua last August.
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Usyk has become a global celebrity, returning to his native Ukraine when Russia invaded in February last year and representing his country on the world stage when he resumed his boxing career.
After Fury defeated Chisora in his final fight, he faced Usyk in the ring and their teams engaged in intense negotiations for a long time.
Fury publicly demanded that Osik agree to a 70/30 split, which the Ukrainian agreed to as long as Fury agreed to make a large donation to Ukraine’s relief efforts.
But the two sides were unable to conclude negotiations and Usyk’s publicist confirmed on Wednesday that talks had finally broken down.
Dubois next for USC?
Britain’s Dubois is in good shape for Usyk’s next challenge as long as he recovers from the injury he sustained in his final defeat of Kevin Llerena.
Dubois is the mandatory challenger for Usyk’s WBA title, and the WBA has already said that if Fury can’t show signed contracts for the fight by April 1, Usyk will have to open negotiations to defend against Dubois.
Warren represents DuBois, as does Fury, so negotiations between the promoter and Usyk’s team will continue.
“We will discuss anyway, because if Daniel DuBois is forced to come, he is also with Frank,” Kraciuk said. “I hold Frank in the highest regard.
“We must comply with our obligations [for] Hoteliers, probably. It’s too early to talk about that.”
No fighter has been considered the undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis 20 years ago. Fury v Usyk will finally crown one. But the wait for the fight that the boxing world has been waiting for will continue.
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