Tyson Fury has been mocked for ‘running’ away from an undisputed heavyweight clash with Oleksandr Usyk by the latter’s manager.
The WBC champion has been trying to goad Anthony Joshua into fighting him in a long-awaited British grudge match over the last few days.
Fury posted a series of videos to Twitter on Thursday in which he continued to call out Joshua.
And Egis Klimas, the Ukrainian’s manager, has since taken to the social media platform himself to poke fun at ‘The Gypsy King’, with the 34-year-old seemingly eager to chase a fight with Joshua rather than Usyk as things stand.
— Egis Klimas (@KlimasBoxing) September 8, 2022
Joshua was beaten by Usyk, the southpaw who was an undisputed champion at cruiserweight before moving up to heavyweight three years ago, at the Jeddah Superdome in Saudi Arabia last month in their rematch.
It had seemed that Fury would chase down an undisputed clash against Usyk, but after he asked to sit out until after Christmas to ensure full fitness, Fury turned his attention to his fellow Brit.
Klimas wrote on Twitter:
“This is an excellent way to run from Usyk.
“Calling out others but not answering Usyk. JOKE!”
Fury had previously asked for a fee of £500million in order to face Usyk, while Frank Warren of Queensberry and Top Rank’s Bob Arum revealed that the fight would take place before the end of the year.
But Usyk wanted to wait and Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter who has looked after the 32-year-old for his whole pro career, accepted an initial 60-40 offer from Fury for a fight before the end of the year.
Fury then issued a date ultimatum to Joshua and his team for the fight to happen later this year, stating that if none of the options are taken up then Joshua simply doesn’t want the fight.