UFC President Dana White has slammed Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk for “shocking” delays in completing their undisputed title fight.
The heavyweight duo have been locked in talks over an April 29 fight that would see a four-belt champion crowned for the first time in divisional history.
Just last week, the pay-per-view blockbuster seemed dead in the water as ‘The Gypsy King’ and Usyk struggled to reach a financial deal for a showdown at Wembley Stadium.
However, Fury then made a shock public offer of a 70/30 purse in his favor, which Usyk unexpectedly accepted despite previously asking for 50% of the financial cake.
Since then, Usyk’s team have suggested that the fight will not take place.
On Friday, her promoter Alex Krassyuk tweeted, “Much ado about nothing… The rat race and the ape affair.”
And his manager Egis Klimas added: “The deeper we go, the more likely we are to disconnect. Sorry to our fans!”
‘The Joker’ seems to be tired of talking and has now given Fury a deadline to sign to fight him and if it’s not met he will continue to defend his WBA, WBO and IBF belts against someone else. other.
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“The points of agreement were sent from Fury’s side,” Usyk wrote.
“The deadline is set. The clock is turning. The ball is now on #Greedybelly’s side. We did everything in our power to make it happen Tyson Fury.
The UFC boss is a huge boxing fan but was unaware that Fury vs Usyk was not finalized.
White said at the UFC 286 post-fight press conference: “It’s planned, isn’t it? Oh that’s not it? Welcome to boxing, guys. Is it shocking? Yes.
“Is that ‘shocking?’ No. It’s just that boxing is the way the sport always seems to go, the big fights that should happen never happen.
“And when they do it’s always late and that’s what drove me crazy as a fan and it’s literally part of how I designed this company not to be. We try to do the big fights when it’s time to do the big fights.
White brought up the UFC 286 clash between undefeated prospects Lerone Murphy and Gabriel Santos to prove his point.
He added: “Tonight in the preliminaries you saw an 11-0 against 10-0.
“It’s about the foreplay. Tell me any show with any organization where they have two guys like that.
“And that fight was technically incredible, right? You never see this stuff except here and that’s by design.