The proposed 70/30 split for an undisputed heavyweight world title fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk has been a topic of hot discussion over the past week or so, with somee of the belief it is unfair to the Ukrainian.
However, Fury’s father John encouraged his son to hold out for the Lion’s share, due to being the far superior commercial draw.
In the weeks prior to the split agreement, ‘Big John’ told Boxing Social it made “good sense” for Usyk to accept taking a smaller share, due to the huge finances the fight would bring in.
“Whoever he fights in the world is not going to make a quarter what he’s been offered, so, you know, it makes good sense for him to take what’s on the table, or else Tyson won’t do it, because he knows his worth, and I know his worth.”
I don’t get involved in his business, but I do give him a little bit of advice, and I say, look, stick to your guns, you’re the WBC champ, you’re the A-side, you’re the one putting 95,000 people on seats in the cold weather, and 60,000 in freezing cold conditions.”
“What does Usyk bring? If he fights Dubois or Joe Joyce, what’s he going to get paid for that? We’re seeing nothing compared to what he can make with Tyson, because 30% is a lot of money, when there’s a large amount the table.”
Although Fury and Usyk agreed upon a split last week, there is no official announcement as of yet and the clock is ticking if the fight is to happen on the touted date of April 29th.
Wembley Stadium will be the venue should the legacy defining contest take place, with Fury stating he intends to break the British boxing attendance record he set against Dillian Whyte last April.