The collapse of talks for the undisputed heavyweight fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk has left the boxing world in dismay. The two fighters had been expected to face each other in a stadium fight at the end of April to unify all four of the major world titles, a rare moment in the heavyweight division. Fury, the WBC heavyweight champion, and Usyk, the winner of the WBA, WBO, and IBF belts in 2021, could have made history, but talks broke down before a deal could be agreed.
While Fury is now seeking a new opponent for his next fight, the WBC is left disappointed that the opportunity to determine the undisputed champion in the heavyweight division has been missed. The WBC’s next top two ranked heavyweight contenders are former champions Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz, but the WBC may also consider a final eliminator for the heavyweight title between the two fighters.
Despite the setback, there is still hope that Fury vs Usyk could take place later this year. Observers of the negotiations believe that while the 70/30 purse split in Fury’s favour may be a sticking point, the small point of contention could be resolved for the sake of making the highly anticipated match happen. The sport of boxing is known for delivering big fights, and the drama surrounding the failure to make Fury vs Usyk could be part of the build-up to a future, historic bout.
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