Matchroom promoter, Eddie Hearn, has offered his sympathy to both sides of the negotiation table as talks for the proposed undisputed heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk continue to drag on.
The teams of Fury and Usyk have been locked in negotiations for months now, with Usyk rumoured to be looking for a 50/50 purse split but Fury’s side not keen on that if it lands in England.
The fight looked set to head to Saudi Arabia, but now it seems that Wembley Stadium is the only option, after those Middle East talks collapsed.
In an interview with iFL TV, Eddie Hearn admitted that one of the parties involved is going to have to bite the bullet and accept an unwanted purse split if they truly want the fight to happen.
“It is not often that I agree with John Fury, but I see the argument. But sometimes if you want something so badly, like the undisputed championship, you have to swallow a deal to make it happen and both sides are going to have that situation now.”
“Tyson Fury is obviously saying ‘there is no way that I am giving Usyk 50/50’ and Usyk will be saying ‘there is no way I am not doing this fight for 50/50, I have got three belts’. Someone has got to take a deal that they don’t believe in because they want this, and that rarely happens in boxing.”
“The reality is that the commercial value of Tyson Fury is on another level to Oleksandr Usyk.”
As pressure continues to mount on both champions, there are rumours that Fury may keep the April 29 date and face an alternative opponent.
However, fans will be undoubtedly become frustrated if they witness the collapse of yet another undisputed heavyweight world title fight.