Tyson Fury reveals Oleksandr Usyk turned down £13million for money-spinning undisputed fight… and the Gypsy King had been set to pocket £30m on controversial 70/30 split
- Usyk received nearly six times more money for his rematch with Anthony Joshua
- The Ukrainian will now take home £4.8m to fight British boxer Daniel Dubois
Tyson Fury has revealed that Oleksandr Usyk was offered £13million to fight him in an undisputed contest – while he was set to bank £30m with his 70 per cent share from the bout.
The pair were in negotiations to face each other in a mega-fight at Wembley Stadium in April.
However, both parties were unable to get the fight over the line after Usyk’s team pulled the plug back in March.
The sticking point in discussions was understood to be the purse split for the rematch.
Usyk had already given into Fury’s demands for a 70/30 split in the WBC champion’s favour for their inaugural encounter but did so on the understanding that it would be reversed should he win the first fight.
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk’s fight negotiations fell apart over the rematch split
Fury claims he offered Usyk £13million to fight him at Wembley Stadium in the spring time
Usyk reportedly pocketed £60.6m to face Anthony Joshua in their rematch, won by the Ukrainian
According to reports from ESPN boxing insider Mike Coppinger, Fury was unwilling to compromise on anything greater than an even share which angered Usyk and Co.
The former undisputed cruiserweight champion is now set to defend his WBA (super), IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against Daniel Dubois and will pocket £4.8million ($6million) for his efforts – nearly £10million less than he would have been paid to fight Fury last month.
Taking aim at Usyk’s pay cut, Fury said on social media: ‘Fact is he is a b***h ass p***y boy. Ran from 13 million pounds and now taking 6 million dollars. Joker.’
Shortly after talks fell apart for the four-belt shoot-out, Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk revealed that his client had been offered ‘three times less’ to fight Fury than he had received for his Saudi showdown with Anthony Joshua in August.
‘Everyone’s trying to convince that Usyk would have his [highest] payday fighting Tyson Fury, but it’s not true. It’s not true,’ Krassyuk told Seconds Out.
‘The money Usyk is supposed to make in this fight, probably three times smaller than he made in his last fight.
‘So it’s not the payday for Usyk 100%, and it’s not even close to it. He accepted it as the man of boxing, because he wanted to be a part of the heavyweight undisputed fight.’
Usyk was reportedly paid £60.6m for his rematch with AJ at the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium – almost six times more than Fury’s proposal.
Usyk will earn £4.8m ($6m) when he faces Dubois in his next fight – a purse mocked by Fury