Promoter Eddie Hearn has cast doubt on the timeline for a Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk fight after the pair publicly agreed terms at the very last minute of talks.
Things were looking bad for the undisputed heavyweight negotiations, a behind the scenes disagreement on the financial split looking likely to cause plans to crumble.
That looked almost certain to happen when Fury sent Usyk a public ultimatum – take just 30% or the fight was off the table. Usyk, though, accepted, and the teams involved informed the WBA that terms has been reached.
April 29 at Wembley Stadium is still the target, but Hearn told Boxing Social he doesn’t believe that will happen.
“I’m gonna say my opinion and if I’m wrong everyone will play this back. No, I don’t think it happens on April 29th. But I hope it does. [Usyk] has called his bluff, so it’s over to Tyson Fury.”
“I don’t believe he’s gonna have a six week training camp for a fight like that. Who know?”
Hearn was then asked about Fury’s manner in calling Usyk out – particularly his insults including ‘gappy toothed’ and ‘bitch.’ He pointed to the WBC Champion’s status as a mental health advocate, sarcastically.
“He’s a big advocate for mental health and being nice to each other, so…”
Fury announced the beginning of his training camp the day after terms were agreed, claiming he needed only six weeks and one week of rest to prepare for what is arguably the biggest fight of his career.
Usyk, on the other hand, has been in training since December – and whilst he’ll only be taking 30% of the money, he’s focused on gaining 100% of the belts.