Usyk criticizes Fury for selecting an opponent with no boxing experience instead of opting for a top-10 fighter.
Oleksandr Usyk, the current WBO, IBF, IBO, and WBA heavyweight champion, has persistently taken jabs at Tyson Fury, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion.
Earlier this year, the negotiations between the two undefeated titleholders collapsed due to a disagreement regarding the financial terms for their potential rematch.
In the initial bout, Fury demanded a 70-30 split, and Usyk agreed to those terms. However, Usyk requested a 70-30 split in his favor for the rematch if he emerged victorious. Fury rejected this condition and insisted on a 50-50 split for the potential rematch.
As for Fury’s upcoming plans, he is now set to engage in a cross-sport boxing match against Francis Ngannou, the former UFC heavyweight champion. This unique encounter is scheduled to take place on October 28 in Saudi Arabia.
The bout between Fury and Ngannou will adhere to traditional boxing rules, despite Ngannou’s background in mixed martial arts.
On August 26, Usyk is scheduled to make his comeback in Poland, where he will defend his titles against Daniel Dubois as part of a mandatory defense.
Usyk strongly disapproves of Fury’s choice to face Ngannou, particularly because Ngannou will be making his professional boxing debut against one of the top boxers in the world.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Usyk expressed his views on Fury’s decision to face Ngannou, emphasizing that Ngannou stands to earn a substantial amount of money from the fight. Usyk sees it as a great opportunity for Ngannou but believes it is not beneficial for Fury. He finds it peculiar that instead of choosing a top-10 opponent, Fury opted for someone with no prior boxing experience.
Usyk strongly believes that Fury is afraid to face him, describing him as a “greedy belly” who fears the challenge. He asserts that Fury’s reluctance to agree to a rematch with a 70-30 split, in Usyk’s favor, is indicative of his apprehension.
If Usyk and Fury both emerge victorious in their upcoming fights, the possibility of an undisputed showdown will resurface. Usyk eagerly expresses his readiness for such a matchup, stating that after his bout with Dubois, he will be prepared. However, he acknowledges that his current focus is on his upcoming fight on August 26.