‘‘Take it or leave it’’: Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter confirms Tyson Fury to receive ‘formal written offer’ to fight in Saudi tournament

Alex Krassyuk, the promoter of Oleksandr Usyk has confirmed that an offer will be sent to Tyson Fury from Skills Challenge Promotion in the near future regarding a fight in December.

Krassyuk states that it will ultimately be Fury’s decision whether he wants to proceed with the fight, but there will be no negotiations going back and forth. The offer will come directly from the Saudis to Fury, and it will be considered final.

What will be the Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk fight purse?

If Tyson agrees, he will have a chance to fight Usyk with a significantly higher payout than any he has received throughout his career. However, if Fury becomes greedy and demands more money, the Saudis will move on and find an alternative opponent for Oleksandr in December.

In such a case, Tyson would have to accept whatever his promoters manage to arrange for him. Fury will not be able to pressure the Saudis into providing more financial compensation as it seems they are unwilling to entertain such requests.

Oleksandr Usyk celebrates his win

Alternatively, Fury could consider facing his good friend Joseph Parker or engaging in a fourth fight against Dereck Chisora. It is speculated that the public would respond positively to this.

Tyson’s promoters have the option to bring the fight back to Tottenham Hotspur, which could generate significant interest.

“According to my knowledge, they will receive a formal written offer very soon, and it will be their decision or Tyson’s decision whether to take it or leave it because we’ve done everything possible to make this fight happen and now the ball is on Tyson’s side,” said Alex Krassyuk to iFL TV, the promoter for Oleksandr.

“If you take it, then you have a big fight, the biggest fight of your career. If you hesitate or if you try to trade out something or trying to swing around, it shows that you’re not serious and you have to relinquish the belt and retire, not for one month or for one week as you used to retire shortly recently but probably forever.”

Why was Tyson Fury vs Usyk fight cancelled?

Tyson Fury posing with his titles

If Fury decides to decline the offer from the Saudis, Usyk might have to defend his title against his IBF mandatory challenger, Filip Hrgovic, as that fight is scheduled to be his next one after his defense against Daniel Dubois on August 26th.

Last time, after extensive negotiations, boxing enthusiasts were eagerly anticipating the long-awaited showdown between the ‘Gypsy King’ and the formidable Ukrainian fighter. However, reports indicate that the parties involved were unable to come to terms on an agreement.

Some key details emerged from these discussions, including Fury’s request for a 70/30 purse split, which Oleksandr agreed to, and the exclusion of a rematch clause for both fighters.

Another point of contention was Usyk’s proposal for a £1 million donation to the people of Ukraine, which he suggested should come from Tyson’s earnings. The British boxer vehemently rejected this proposition.

Krassyuk emphasizes that it is still too early to discuss Oleksandr fighting in Saudi Arabia in December because he first needs to win his upcoming bout against the formidable 6’5″ Dubois. It won’t be an easy task for Usyk as Dubois, despite his flaws, possesses punching power and his size could pose a challenge for Oleksandr.

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Sami Haider is a UFC/boxing journalist who connects combat sports to pop culture. His deep passion for the UFC started in 2018, triggered by the UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor fight. He is a passionate writer who has a profound love for the sport and the skills that are used in it. Through his work, Sami aspires to connect combat sportsmen and their enthusiastic fans.


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