Johnny Nelson shares his thoughts on collapse of heavyweight title fight talks between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk

The boxing world is already divided into two sects following the unfortunate collapse of negotiations between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk. People, however, are mostly in Usyk’s camp in this regard as Fury seemed shoddy despite seeming the larger share of the purse split. Similar to the majority, Johnny Nelson feels that Fury evaded this battle.

Nelson is the longest reigning cruiserweight world champion in history. He knows a thing or two about title fights and holding on to the championships. From his experience, Nelson felt that Fury did not believe in himself.

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Johnny Nelson weighed in on the Tyson Fury-Oleksandr Usyk debacle

Johnny Nelson thinks Fury did not believe in himself

In a conversation with ESBR boxing, he stated that had he stepped foot in the ring Fury would win this fight. Like he ensured the larger sum in the purse split, Fury would have walked away with a win as well. But it did not seem like “The Gypsy King” had faith in himself.

Not only that, Nelson believes that Fury’s negotiation tactics reflected poorly upon him. To Fury’s surprise, Usyk agreed to a seemingly impossible deal. Yet, Fury pushed for a greater sum of money which eventually translated to broken-down negotiations.


Nelson could understand why Usyk had enough of this debacle. Usyk must have felt like this was not the end of the rainbow, as he had multiple contenders waiting for him to step inside the ring.

What’s next for Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk?

While the falling out of the negotiations is unfortunate, Usyk will go about his usual business. He is speculated to do his due diligence by fighting Daniel Dubois as part of the mandatory title defense.

As things are proceeding, Usyk might just get his hands on yet another mouth-watering bout as Deontay Wilder’s name is thrown into the mix. In that case, Usyk will have to vacate one of his three heavyweight titles. Whether he will give up on his hard-earned belts without a fight remains to be seen. Then again, a big-money fight against someone of Wilder’s caliber is not just about the greens. Rather it will be a statement fight for the Ukrainian as well, provided he wishes to proceed with that.

Fury, on the other hand, has been rumored to engage in a bout with Joe Joyce. However, promoter Eddie Hearn has reinvigorated Anthony Joshua’s discussions as he wants the ‘Battle of Britain’ to finally happen. As of now, Joe Joyce is the frontrunner to get a shot at Fury, if he manages to edge over Zhilei Zhang.


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