Oleksandr Usik accepted Tyson’s Fury‘s latest bid for an undisputed world heavyweight title fight, but adds a change to support Ukraine in its war against invading Russia.
Usyk agreed to take a lesser share of the wallet for the fight. Set at 30 percent by FuryHe claims to add further commercial value to the event, which will crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000.
Fury also promised a one percent cut from that offer for every day that passes before a deal is reached.
Usyk “accepted” an offer to fight at Wembley Stadium on April 29, while also asking Fury to donate £1m to aid Ukraine during the conflict.
He said: “Hey greedy belly, I accept your 70-30 offer to split the fight with you at Wembley on April 29, but you will promise to donate £1 million to Ukraine immediately after the war.
Every day you are late, you will pay one percent from your purse to the Ukrainians. To agree.”
Direct negotiations come after the behind-the-scenes talks stop. Alex Krassyuk, the organizer of Usyk, said this week: Fury had turned down a 60-40 bid in favor of the winner.and the WBC champion seemed to approve of that suggestion on Friday, March 10.
Briton Fury said in an Instagram story: “I see all this talk about ‘They want 50 percent’, Usyk and all this ‘Tyson is greedy’.
“Usyk from where I am, you and your team are worth 30 percent. You either take it or leave it. And if you don’t want to, go fight Daniel Dubois in the Copper Box (Arena) and win a few million dollars. Do you want to earn some real money? Come and fight the ‘Gypsy King’.
“But I will say this: Starting today, every day you linger and mess around, I’m going to drop one percent from 30 percent until you get it.
“And if you don’t agree, fight Dubois for $2 million – no problem. But how could you offer me a deal? No way. Tick tock, tick tock.”
Fury was in talks to fight his compatriot Anthony Joshua in December, but negotiations failed, leading the 34-year-old to box with Derek Chisora for the third time. Fury won, finishing in the 10th round, taking his third win against his British friend.
With this win, Fury retained the WBC heavyweight title, while Usyk defended the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts against Joshua in his final fight.
The 36-year-old Ukrainian beat “AJ” in August for his second consecutive win against the man he deposed in 2021.
Fury and Usyk were undefeated in their latest results; Fury’s record is 33-0-1 (24 KOs), while Usyk is 20-0 (13 KOs).
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