WBC Heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury, who recently announced his retirement from boxing, has announced a seven day deadline to unified titleholder Oleksandr Usyk to arrange the much anticipated undisputed championship clash.
Back on 20th August, Usyk retained his unified belts after outboxing Anthony Joshua over twelve rounds and securing a split decision victory at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, making him 2-0 in head to head record against the Briton.
Despite his recent announcement that he was retiring, WBC titleholder Fury now vows to return to the ring and beat Usyk in an undisputed heavyweight title clash and has given a seven day ultimatum to the Ukrainian, until the 1st of September. Otherwise, the Briton says he will keep his gloves hung up.
“For all these suitors out there that want to make the fight, I’m going to give you all seven days until September 1st to come up with the money, if not thank you very much, it’s been a blast, I’m retired,” Fury said in a couple of clips on social media, “All offers submitted must be to my lawyer in writing with proof of funds, so let the games begin.”
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Tyson Fury wants half a million for the Usyk fight
‘The Gypsy King’ has also reached out to Frank Warren, asking the promoter to make the Usyk fight for £500 million.
“The world’s biggest fight has to be the world’s biggest money if I’m to put it all on the line vs some unknown foreigner,” he wrote on his Instagram story, “Boys, better get that half a billy. If not, keep that little mug.”
“If it was AJ, it would’ve been for free but it’s not,” he added.
“The challenge is going to be meeting the financial expectations of both guys. It has to be much bigger than that [Usyk v Joshua II] because you’ve got two undisputed fighters and the first time the four belts have been on the line,” Warren said following Usyk vs Joshua 2 last weekend, “It’s a unique situation and what adds to it is that they are both undefeated, which is quite unusual.” [H/T The Guardian]
The fight was also recently thumbed up by the WBC prez Maucirio Sulaiman.
“Tyson Fury is the WBC champion of the world, he’s not holding the ‘other belt’, he’s holding the WBC Championship which is the Championship of Muhammed Ali, George Foreman, Frazier, Tyson, Lennox Lewis etc,” the WBC prez told Sky Sports, “I’m very proud of Tyson Fury, he’s a tremendous fighter and I am sure he wishes to continue boxing and a fight to unify all the championships in the division would be tremendous.”