By Jake Tiernan: Oleksandr Usyk’s supervisor Egis Klimas says the additional they go in negotiations with Tyson Fury, the extra probably they’ll pull the plug on the April twenty ninth struggle and face their obligatory subsequent.
Klimas says IBF, WBA & WBO heavyweight champion Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) is being handled like Fury’s current opponents Derek Chisora & Dillian Whyte, who he efficiently defended his WBC title final yr in opposition to final yr.
In different phrases, Fury’s administration is treating Usyk like a voluntary challenger, not a unified three-belt champion.
If Usyk is assured about defeating his obligatory challengers Daniel Dubois, Filip Hrgovic, and Joe Joyce, he ought to go in that path quite than agreeing to a deal he’s not proud of in opposition to the one-belt champion Fury.
Klimas didn’t say what they’re asking for within the negotiations, as they reportedly agreed to the 70-30 cut up.
“They’re nonetheless treating Oleksandr Usyk like they did with Derek Chisora or Dillian Whyte. They act prefer it’s only a common Fury struggle within the UK, and every thing must be by Fury’s guidelines,” mentioned Usyk’s supervisor Egis Klimas to Steve Kim’s Ok-9 Nook.
The deeper we go the extra probability to tug out the plug. Sorry to our followers! https://t.co/Hcd1hlVTA5
— Egis Klimas (@KlimasBoxing) March 17, 2023
“We are able to’t simply play by every thing they throw to us. Sufficient is sufficient. If this struggle goes to occur, solely on April twenty ninth, or it’s simply going to be canceled, [then] we’ll go along with the obligatory,” mentioned Klimas.
Certainly, Fury posted on social media earlier this week that he’s now beginning coaching camp for the Usyk undisputed conflict, treating the struggle as if it’s a completed deal quite than the negotiations nonetheless ongoing.
Fury even has his American coach SugarHill Steward within the UK, serving to him put together for the struggle in opposition to Usyk on April twenty ninth at Wembley Stadium in London.
If Staff Usyk are going to threaten to tug the plug on the Fury struggle, they have to be prepared to take action as a result of it’s unlikely that the 6’9″ Gypsy King will change his stance of wanting a large cut up in his favor now that it’s been seemingly agreed to.
One will get the sense that Fury feels ambivalent about combating Usyk as a result of it’s laborious work and a mode that’s alien to him.
Fury could make simpler cash and extra by going through former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou or Anthony Joshua. With these two fights there for the taking for Fury, he doesn’t really feel the necessity to give Usyk a good deal.