In a recent outburst, Tyson Fury vented his frustrations after arguably the biggest fight of his life got canceled. He blamed Oleksandr Usyk for their planned undisputed heavyweight fight falling through. Despite weeks of negotiations and an apparent agreement to fight at Wembley Stadium on April 29, talks broke down earlier this week. As a result, the WBA is expected to order Usyk to fight his mandatory challenger Daniel Dubois.
Fury did not hold back in his criticism of Usyk, accusing him of cowardice and running away. Referring to Usyk’s rematch, Fury said, “You got your rematch and then didn’t even want to fight with that.” Fury said, “You were never man enough to tangle with The Gypsy King, ever in your life. You little 14-stone coward.”
‼️ Tyson Fury ripping into Oleksandr Usyk today after their fight collapsed: "Always know p***y that you were never man enough to tangle with the Gypsy King. You s***house little coward."
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) March 23, 2023
Both Fury and Usyk are undefeated champions in their respective weight classes. Usyk holds the titles of WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and Ring magazine. At the same time, Fury has defended his WBC title against Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora. Fans were eagerly anticipating the first undisputed fight in the four-belts era. Still, unfortunately, it looks like this will not happen any time soon.
Usyk’s promoter, Alex Krassyuk, said that they were “desperate to find a compromise,” but Fury was not willing to cooperate. He added,
“I spoke with Frank [Warren], and we both admitted that the fight is off. So we accepted it, and we agreed to speak over the weekend to discuss the mandatory [Dubois]. Usyk vs the mandatory is the most likely to happen next. It should be the WBA. Normally, the next in line is the WBA, but depending on Dubois’ health, if he’s fit to fight, that will be the case.”
How did Usyk and Fury get here?
Born on August 12, 1988, Tyson Luke Fury is an English professional boxer who currently holds the WBC heavyweight championship title, which he won by defeating Deontay Wilder in 2020. In the past, Fury has also held several other prestigious titles, including the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring magazine championships, which he claimed after defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
Usyk, a Ukrainian professional boxer born on January 17, 1987, has achieved multiple world championships in two weight classes. He has held the unified WBA (Super), IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles since 2021 and the Ring magazine heavyweight title since 2022. From 2018 to 2019, he held the undisputed cruiserweight championship, making him the first boxer in that division to have all four major world titles.
Usyk is widely recognized as one of Ukraine’s greatest boxers. By defeating Anthony Joshua in 2021, Usyk has become only the third boxer to unify the cruiserweight world titles and become a world heavyweight champion, following in the footsteps of Evander Holyfield and David Haye.
Both Fury and Usyk are at such a point in their lives that a megafight seems almost inevitable at this point. The only question is when?