Eddie Hearn has commented on the latest developments surrounding negotiations for an undisputed clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.
Speaking exclusively to Boxing Social, Hearn implored fans to ignore recent comments about the fight potentially taking place at Wembley, stating both teams will be attempting to generate a lucrative site fee from the Middle East.
Hearn also stated that reluctance from Fury to accept a 50/50 split could prevent the generational contest from being finalised.
“Does he [Fury] actually want to fight Usyk? Is there another fight out there for him, for a lot of money that he definitely wins, does he beat Usyk? He’s quite calculated Tyson.
What’s the split? Fury is a bigger draw than Usyk.
I think Fury in his head is thinking he should get 70/30 or 60/40 and I think that could stop this fight from happening.
I don’t really know what’s going on. But what I do know, is that both teams will be going to every country in the Middle East, trying to get the biggest site fee possible for this fight – please don’t listen to the bulls**t of “oh, we might go to Wembley.”
They’re all – as I would be – trying to find out who will pay the most money for the undisputed heavyweight world championship fight.
Tyson Fury will be looking at it going, “how much is in the pot?” He’ll either accept 50/50 or he’ll be saying “No, I’m the much bigger fighter than Oleksandr Usyk commercially.
That’s correct, but the reality is, this is where fights get stuck.”
Fans will be hoping that Hearn’s comments do not come to fruition and that the fight is signed soon, especially given the disappointment of talks for Fury to fight Anthony Joshua collapsing last year.
Usyk was ringside for Fury’s successful title defence over Derek Chisora in December, and the pair’s post fight face off sent hype for an undisputed dust up into overdrive.
If Fury vs Usyk is confirmed, it will be the first undisputed heavyweight world title fight in over 20 years, when Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield all the way back in 1999.