Tony Bellew has sent a message to Tyson Fury today, warning the WBC world heavyweight champion that he is in danger of permanently damaging his reputation.
Some of the public turned against Fury following the collapse in negotiations for an undisputed fight with Oleksandr Usyk, with some boxing fans blaming ‘The Gypsy King’ and his demands for the legacy defining contest not taking place.
Speaking to IFL TV, Bellew explained how failure to take on Usyk could have long lasting implications on people’s perceptions of Fury, whom he described as a “brilliant fighter.”
“How has the fight with Usyk not been done? I know what Usyk’s team is like to deal with, because I’ve dealt with them, and they’re the easiest team to deal with ever.”
“I like Tyson Fury as a fella, he’s sound. But whoever’s doing his negotiations has either got a massively inflated opinion of him and what he’s worth, or they don’t want the fight, it’s one of those two things.”
“Tyson Fury is such a brilliant fighter, but he’s being tainted by poor decisions in the background – really poor decisions.”
Fans could finally be treated to the mouth watering clash, with Skills Challenge Entertainment have made no secret of their desire to stage Fury vs Usyk on the same night as Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder in Saudi Araba this December.
However, those plans could be thrown into doubt as Fury has now revealed a draft contract has been sent to Anthony Joshua’s team to stage the all-British blockbuster at Wembley in September.
Which ever fights gets made it looks like the heavyweight division will end the year with a bang.