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Oleksandr Usyk tells Tyson Fury: Ink contract or vacate belt

Fury and Usyk negotiating April 29 undisputed title clash

Oleksandr Usyk has called on Tyson Fury to sign the contract to fight him on April 29 or vacate his WBC heavyweight world title Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing/Queensberry Promotions
Oleksandr Usyk has called on Tyson Fury to sign the contract to fight him on April 29 or vacate his WBC heavyweight world title Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing/Queensberry Promotions

Oleksandr Usyk has told Tyson Fury to stop playing games and fight him or vacate his WBC heavyweight world title.

Fury and Usyk are in negotiations to crown the first ever undisputed heavyweight champion in the four-belt era.

Progress for a meeting at Wembley Stadium on April 29 appeared to have been made on Friday, after unified WBA ’super’, WBO and IBF champion, Usyk publicly agreed to Fury’s demands of a 70-30 purse split in his favour.

However, the clash was cast into fresh doubt on Monday after Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk told talkSPORT the fight was unlikely to happen following Fury’s request earlier on Monday for the bout to go ahead without a rematch clause.

“I’ve been speaking to the lawyers and Usyk’s people have been talking about rematch clauses and all that,” the 34-year-old said on Instagram.

“Here’s one to up the ante – how about there is no rematch clause for both of us? Let’s up the ante completely.

“Never worry about what’s in the future or how many more dollars you can get after you’ve been defeated. Worry about the fight.

“No rematch clause. Winner takes the glory, the loser goes home.

“How about that that? Agree to that.”

Usyk publicly accepted Fury's financial terms Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Queensberry Promotions/Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Usyk publicly accepted Fury’s financial terms Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Queensberry Promotions/Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

The WBA said on Friday that the pair had reached an agreement and they had asked for time to work on the contracts.

Usyk, who confronted ‘The Gypsy King’ at ringside after his third victory over Derek Chisora in December, responded to his rival’s new demand, urging him to put pen to paper on the deal or otherwise relinquish his belt.

The WBC had ordered a fight between Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr in November for the right to become mandatory challenger to Fury, however there appears to be no development made for that fight.

Usyk confronted Fury at ringside after his win over Chisora Photo Credit: Queensberry Promotions
Usyk confronted Fury at ringside after his win over Chisora Photo Credit: Queensberry Promotions

“Hey #greedybelly the rematch clause came from your side not mine,” the 36-year-old stated on Instagram.

“Stop whining and ducking. Be a man, ink the contract or vacate the belt.

“I need undisputed and not to play your stupid games 🦆🦆🦆 @tysonfury.”

Usyk has not fought since securing a second successive win over Anthony Joshua in their rematch in Saudi Arabia in August.

Fury claimed on Saturday that he was starting his training camp for the Ukrainian in preparation for their proposed clash.

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