In a shocking turn of events, Oleksandr Usyk has publicly ACCEPTED Tyson Fury’s offer of a 70/30 split for an undisputed heavyweight world title fight on April 29th.
Fury proposed the deal to Usyk and social media earlier today, though most observers felt the split was unfair to the Ukrainian and would not go any further.
However, the unified world champion took to his official Twitter account to announce that he accepted Fury’s terms – provided ‘The Gypsy King’ donated £1 million to the ongoing struggle in Ukraine and 1% for each day he delays accepting.
“Deal. Greedy belly I accept your offer, 70/30, split the fight on April 29 at Wembley.
But you will promise to donate to Ukraine immediately after the fight £1million and every day of delay you will pay one per cent of your purse to the Ukrainian people.”
‼️ Oleksandr Usyk ACCEPTS Tyson Fury's 70/30 offer for an undisputed fight on April 29th at Wembley Stadium, so long as "greedy belly" donates £1million to Ukraine…
[🎥 @Usykaa] pic.twitter.com/xdjtcIamFY
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) March 10, 2023
The news came after the WBA announced they intention order Usyk to defend his unified world title against regular champion Daniel Dubois, provided a deal with Fury was not agreed by the end of today.
March 10th was the deadline originally set by the governing body for the sealing of an undisputed fight, after which they would officially mandate that Usyk face Dubois next.
That seemed like a pipe dream just a few hours ago, however Usyk agreeing to Fury’s lopsided proposition has sparked a degree of hope for some fans that we may still see the legacy defining contest.
There were originally discussions about staging the fight in Saudi Arabia, however Wembley Stadium is now believed to be the only venue in the running should the fight get made.
It is expected that the WBC champion will fight at the famous venue on April 29th regardless of whether Usyk is the man in the opposite corner or not, though any other opponent would be considered a disappointment at this stage.
If terms cannot be agreed with Usyk in the coming days, the likes of Andy Ruiz Jr, Deontay Wilder and even former UFC champion Francis Ngannou are all rumoured options for Fury.