WBC Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury, has insulted the selling power one of his fellow ‘big men.’
Fury has been linked to a showdown with Oleksandr Usyk for around a year now, with the historic bout being one of the most demanded match-ups in boxing.
If the two face off, it would crown a first king of the four-belt era and the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000.
Despite that, talks fell apart in Spring and ever since ‘The Gypsy King’ has shown a lack of interest in facing Usyk in the future.
More recently, in an interview with TNT Sports, Fury claimed he’d be open to a battle with the WBA, WBO and IBF champion if he was willing to take a much smaller piece of the purse.
“The fans want it [Usyk v Fury], if the money’s there, we’ll do it,”
“Why in the world would I want to fight him for no money? He’s got zero personality, he’s an ugly b***** with gappy teeth, and he’s half the size of me.
“So it’s all to gain for him and nothing to gain for me. If I beat him it’s like ‘oh well he beat a middleweight’. If he beats me, he beat the legendary Tyson Fury, for no money.”
“If you put Oleksandr Usyk in Morecambe in a leisure centre, he wouldn’t sell it out. I beat Ed Sheeran at Wembley, and Adele [in attendance figures]. The Gypsy King on top of the pile, 94,000 [people].
“So you know what I mean? And then I offer him [Usyk] 30 per cent of a large bag, and they say no, they want more. On what merit do you deserve more? I’m a superstar, you’re a nobody.
Usyk’s latest defence against Daniel Dubois in Poland was reportedly attended by over 40,000 fans.
Before talks of the undisputed clash can officially re-commence, Fury must first defeat Francis Ngannou in the ‘Battle of the Baddest’ on October 28 in Saudi Arabia, which is available to watch live via TNT Sports PPV.