Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk’s promoters were locked in negotiations regarding a blockbuster fight during the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Manchester City.
Manchester City moved to the top of the Premier League for the first time this season after defeating Arsenal 3-1. Both rival teams have the same point (51), but Manchester City comfortably sit at the top of the table on goal difference.
Meanwhile, Tyson Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren and his son George met with Usyk’s representative Alex Krassyuk at Emirates Stadium to negotiate over the stalling fight between the two undefeated heavyweights.
The two undefeated heavyweights, Fury and Usyk have been linked with a megafight for a long time but the duo are yet to agree on some terms which have been delaying the fight.
Discussions over the historic contest have stagnated since they resumed last year in December, laying waste to the early appointed date of March 4.
Talks are now ongoing on the date and venue with Saudi Arabia initially set as the favorite place to stage the first undisputed heavyweight bout in nearly a quarter of a century.
However, the match is seemingly set for Wembley Stadium on April 29, but the fighters are yet to agree on the purse split for the blockbuster fight.
According to the latest revelations from Usyk’s promoter, Tyson Fury is demanding a larger share of the purse, having shared an 80:20 split which was negotiated in Fury’s favor for his triumph against Dillian Whyte at Wembley last April.
Tyson Fury is making this demand against Usyk due to his ability to sell out tickets in stadiums such as Wembley.
Fury’s fight against Whyte was a sell-out, with over 90,000 in attendance to watch him beat Whyte with a sixth-round knockout.
However, Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassuyk has called upon Tyson Fury to bring his demands down to make their blockbuster fight happen.
It’s been claimed that Usyk’s manager wants the purse to be split 50-50.
Usyk’s team believes their fighter is worth more than the meager share Fury is willing to give with the 36-year-old Ukrainian holding four world titles compared to the single belt in Tyson Fury’s possession.
Usyk promoter, Krassuyk acknowledged Fury’s ability to sell tickets regardless of opponent, having amassed 60,000 fans to the Tottenham stadium in his fight against Derek Chisora in December.
Regardless of that, he claimed that, at least in a sporting sense, Usyk is worth more than the current state of negotiations suggested by the 34-year-old British professional boxer.
April 29 is the new date for the bout, which Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren is optimistic will come to fruition.
But if the two teams failed to reach an agreement on time and the fight falls apart again, the Battle of Britain; Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could finally happen.