Team Usyk explains why THEY pulled out of Fury negotiations

Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter, Alex Krassyuk, has officially confirmed that their team was the one to pull out of the negotiations with Tyson Fury regarding an undisputed heavyweight title in April.

After months of back-and-forth between the two camps, their planned April 29 unification bout was called off when they failed to come to an agreement on various terms.

Krassyuk spoke to iD Boxing and explained that the decision to pull the plug on the bout was made by Team Usyk, which includes himself and Egis Klimas.

‘There was a question, most frequently asked question and I want to use this opportunity straight away to say we pulled out of negotiations.

‘Team Usyk did that, myself and Egis Klimas we took this decision when we realized and got some proof that the fight is not happening. So the question is off, team Usyk pulled out of negotiations, we initiated that.’

They came to this conclusion after realizing that there was evidence that the bout was not going to happen.

Boxing fans across the world were hoping for a deal to be struck between Fury, the current occupant of the WBC title, and Usyk, who currently holds the WBA, WBO, and IBF belts. However, the negotiations fell apart, and Krassyuk hit out at Fury while they were still ongoing, suggesting that Fury was making unreasonable demands.

Krassyuk explained, “Normally when a fighter doesn’t want to fight, he asks for something impossible, and then it’s not happening. That’s according to my experience. I’ve been in boxing for almost 20 years, and that’s what I’ve seen so many times.”

During negotiations, Fury posted a video to social media, saying that the Ukrainian and his team were worth no more than a 70/30 purse split in his favor. He even insisted that he would reduce his offer by one percent every day until the deal was signed.

In response, Usyk took to social media, accepting the offer on the condition that Fury donate £1 million to Ukraine after the boxing bout.

Unfortunately, the boxing bout fell through as Fury reportedly moved the goal posts once again, leading to Usyk and his team ultimately pulling out of negotiations.