Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk 2023: Terms Agreed
Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury have reached an “agreement” for an undisputed heavyweight clash, the World Boxing Association has confirmed.
The unification bout is scheduled to take place on 29 April at Wembley Stadium. But the bout had appeared to be in doubt as the two camps struggled to agree terms. Many of the negotiations between the two had played out on social media. And on Friday March 10, with a 22:00 GMT deadline to agree terms looming, Usyk’s promoter said the fight was “unlikely to happen next”.
However, the WBA says an agreement was made before the deadline, though both parties have requested time to “work on the contracts to close the deal”.
A lawyer for Usyk told news agency Reuters that the two sides had agreed terms that will see Fury take a 70% split to the Ukrainian’s 30%.
This followed the “Gypsy King” offering the 70/30 split of the purse via his social media channels on Friday.
Usyk then took to Instagram saying he would accept if the Briton immediately donated £1m to the people of Ukraine and also gave up 1% of his share to Ukraine for every day he delayed.
The WBA statement said: “WBA President Gilberto Mendoza received confirmation from Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury’s teams that there is an agreement to make the unification fight.
“They request time to work on the contracts to close the deal.”
This has been the match-up that boxing fans have craved since the Autumn. After Usyk’s victory over Anthony Joshua, Fury called out the Ukrainian, suggesting a December meeting. However, Uysk ruled out a return to the ring before 2023 so Fury instead took on Dereck Chisora.
Winner to Become First Four-Belt Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
The last undisputed heavyweight champion of the world was Briton Lennox Lewis who held the WBA, WBO and IBF titles from November 1999 to April 2000. The winner of the bout will become the first four-belt heavyweight champion.
Fury, 34, is the WBC champion while the former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk holds the WBO, WBA and IBF titles.
Usyk, 36, has won all his 20 professional bouts, while Fury, 34, is also undefeated with 33 victories and one draw, against Deontay Wilder, on his record.
Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk Latest Odds
The bookies are making Fury favourite. Nobody doubts Usyk’s class as a boxer, however, may pundits feel that Fury’s size and strength could prove too much for the former cruiserweight.
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