‘I have a pot and can only pay what’s in it’: Frank Warren admits money issues are holding up Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury’s undisputed heavyweight title clash
- Oleksandr Usyk’s blockbuster fight with Tyson Fury is being held up over money
- The Ukrainian urged that he and Fury ‘need’ the undisputed heavyweight clash
- The fighter insisted he is ‘not afraid’ of the Gypsy King as he eyes up a fourth belt
Promoter Frank Warren has revealed that money issues are holding up the undisputed heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.
Warren insisted on Wednesday that no agreement has yet been made between the two teams, stalling initial plans to set up their showdown in April.
The winner of the fight would become boxing’s first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000, and Usyk believes the opportunity is too appealing to turn down.
The Ukrainian, who twice defeated Anthony Joshua to claim the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles, urged that he ‘needs’ to fight the WBC champion, as no boxer has ever held all four belts simultaneously.
Usyk also claimed the Gypsy King should feel the same way.
Oleksandr Usyk urged that he ‘needs’ an undisputed heavyweight title fight against Tyson Fury
Promoter Frank Warren revealed that money issues are holding up the highly-anticipated bout
‘I need this fight and that’s it. I think he needs it too. This fight is very important for both of us,’ Usyk told The Overlap.
‘All four belts haven’t been held by one person. So both of us need this fight.’
Despite the Ukrainian’s push to fight Fury, it seems the highly-anticipated showpiece is no closer to an agreement, according to Warren.
He told talkSPORT: ‘We’re still none the wiser. You need the agreement of both boxers to make it happen and at the moment we haven’t got that.
‘I have a pot and can only pay what’s in it. If it’s not enough money, then it won’t happen.’
Looking ahead to the fight, which is still expected to happen at some point this year, Usyk admitted Fury will pose a more of a challenge than Joshua.
‘Yes of course, he has a different style,’ Usyk added. ‘Fury is more audacious.
‘(But) I’m not afraid of Tyson Fury. This will be like any other fight. It’s just a big man who has never lost before against a man who has the WBC belt.
Now, Usyk is hoping to become the first ever boxer to hold the WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF titles
The Ukrainian insisted that he is ‘not afraid’ of the Gypsy King (above), who is WBC champion
‘Of course it’s possible to get carried away but actually this is a normal fight for the right to win all the belts.
‘If a person is bigger than me, it doesn’t mean they’re stronger than me. If they have longer arms, it doesn’t mean that it will be an advantage.
‘I’ve been boxing since I was 15 years old. They kept telling me that I shouldn’t be boxing. They told me that I wouldn’t become an Olympic champion or a world champion and that I shouldn’t have switched to the heavyweight division.
‘But these were opinions from people who couldn’t do it themselves. Personally I keep praying and move forward. I don’t worry about whether I will reach my destination.’
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