The World Boxing Association (WBA) has announced that an agreement has been reached between British boxer Tyson Fury and Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, for the title of absolute world heavyweight boxing champion. The highly anticipated fight is set to take place on April 29 at London's Wembley Stadium.
Tyson Fury's Controversial Demand
Fury caused controversy on Friday when he stated that Usyk, the WBA, IBF, and WBO champion, should receive only 30% of the earnings from the fight. This statement put the promotion of the fight at risk.
However, Usyk, who is the WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight champion, responded to Fury's demand through a social media post. He said, "Hey, 'greedy belly', I accept your offer. 70/30 split the fight with you on April 29 in Wembley.
But you will promise to donate £1m to Ukraine immediately after the fight. And for every day of your delay, you will pay 1% from your purse to the Ukrainian people."
The Cat. Oleksandr (@usykaa)
Agreement Reached Despite Unequal Terms
Although Usyk agreed to the unequal terms, it is still not confirmed if Fury will donate £1 million to Ukraine. This announcement comes after reporter Mike Coppinger confirmed that both teams had reached an agreement and that there was a date and venue set for the fight.
Fury offered Usyk 30% of the split to his 70% in a social media interview, and Usyk agreed in a video of his own. This comes ahead of the WBA's 5 p.m. ET deadline for a deal to avoid a purse bid for Usyk vs. Daniel Dubois. — Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) March 10, 2023
Will Fury Reject the Offer?
Alex Krassyuk, who represents Usyk, claimed that Fury rejected their latest offer where the winner would receive 60% of the purse.
Krassyuk questioned whether Fury actually wants the fight, stating, "I can only tell you from the words I hear from my negotiators, my partners Frank and George Warren. According to their reports, Tyson Fury was asking for too much money." Krassyuk added, "Even if Usyk would get zero for the fight, it would still not be sufficient for Tyson to cover his [demands]." The highly anticipated fight between Fury and Usyk is set to take place on April 29 at London's Wembley Stadium.
Although the terms of the fight may be unequal, Usyk has agreed to them in hopes of keeping the fight going. The world will have to wait and see if Fury will fulfill his end of the deal and donate £1 million to Ukraine.