WBC champion Tyson Fury has reached out to Oleksandr Usyk in an attempt to rekindle the fight for Wembley this summer.
The heavyweight division looked all set to have its first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis when Fury and Usyk appeared to agree a date, venue and purse spilt.
But this is boxing and negotiations, which were being made public over social media, collapsed when the Ukrainian’s team pulled out believing they weren’t getting a fair deal.
‘The Gypsy King’ immediately blamed his counterpart, calling him a coward and accusing him of running scared.
Fast forward a few months and with Fury struggling to find an opponent, he’s reached out directly to Usyk to get the bout made.
“I’m sick of all this back and forward ‘he said, she said’. Why don’t we just do this?
Why don’t we fight this summer, me and you, at Wembley stadium for the percentage you’ve already agreed. And if you want the rematch so desperately, you can have one. I don’t need rematches, I don’t need nothing because I’m going to cut you down like cheese. So here’s the offer. Let’s do the fight at Wembley this summer, me and you.
Forget about fighting Deontay Wilder who I’ve knocked out twice, and forget about fighting Daniel Dubois who’s not on our levels. You’ve already beat Joshua. The only fight left is me and you for undisputed.
I know you didn’t fancy it the first time so let’s see if we can rekindle it and have a good fight for the fans. Let’s get it on! Make the right decision.”
Usyk is set for a purse bid for a mandatory title defence against Daniel Dubois, with a Fury fight targeted for later in the year in Saudi Arabia – although ‘The Gypsy King’ isn’t a fan of the timeline or location.