The highly-anticipated fight between Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury is causing quite a stir in the boxing world, with both fighters expressing interest in unifying the heavyweight titles. However, recent reports suggest that Fury and his team may be unwilling to split earnings evenly with Usyk, despite the Ukrainian boxer's willingness to fight in England.
Earnings and Name-Calling
Aside from the prestige that comes with unifying the titles, the Usyk vs. Fury fight is expected to bring in the highest earnings of both fighters' careers. However, the lead up to the fight has been marred by personal attacks and name-calling, with Fury taking aim at Usyk's weight.
"Rabbit, I'm coming for you rabbit. You're getting it rabbit. And I'll tell you what else, I'm going to bust you up real bad you little middleweight. I'm going to slap you into a big pile of tattoos, sucker." Fury said. Fury's promoter, Bob Arum, recently discussed the issue of earnings, stating that Usyk had requested a 50-50 split, but that Fury and his team are looking for more.
Usyk's camp has yet to respond to these demands, leaving the future of the fight uncertain. He said: "The fighters have agreed to fight. I spoke to Frank Warren. We’re giving them until [this] week to come with their offer, which I believe we’ll get.
If we don’t, then we’re gonna do the fight at Wembley. And then we’d have to talk about the percentages because Usyk wants 50-50. That’s not right if the fight’s at Wembley because there will be 95,000 Brits at the fight and big Brit pay-per-view money, so Tyson deserves the lion’s share." "But we don’t get to that point if the [investors in Saudi Arabia] come through, because the way they operate is they make deals with each of the fighters.
We’ve been led to believe that they’re going to come with a proposal [this] week.2I’ll believe it when I see it, but it’s not like they haven’t come through in the past."
A Fight for the Ages
It is clear that the Usyk vs.
Fury fight is something that boxing fans around the world are eagerly anticipating, and a victory for either fighter would unify the heavyweight titles for the first time in over 20 years. With both fighters at the top of their game, it is a match that promises to be one for the ages. Let's hope that both sides can come to an agreement and make this highly-anticipated fight a reality.