Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk has gave a frank assessment of trying to arrange a fight for Usyk with Tyson Fury compared to Anthony Joshua.
Team Usyk have been in talks with ‘The Gypsy King’s representatives for over three months now, and fans still remain uncertain as to whether a legacy defining undisputed clash.
And Krassyuk, when asked to contrast the process with dealing with Joshua’s team, did not hold back.
Speaking on ID Boxing, he said:
“Its been a nightmare [Fury negotiations].
“With Eddie, we did some sort of job. We had three fights as co promoters, then the two fights with ‘AJ.’ So we had five fights together.”
“According to my experience, I need to give credit to Matchroom and Eddie, because I enjoy watching how they work. I like it. The negotiations never last long. It’s tranparent, it’s open – if we accept it, we accept it, if we don’t want to do it, we don’t do it. There’s no wasting each other’s time.”
“With ‘AJ,’ it wasn’t really complicated. No stress.”
In a dramatic few days, Fury publicly offered Usyk a 70/30 purse split for the fight, which most felt was a lowball offer and would be turned down by the unified world champion.
However, Usyk accepted within a matter of hours, and the WBA confirmed they would not be ordered him to face Daniel Dubois next as they had received communication that the two teams had agreed terms for a fight on April 29th at Wembley Stadium.
The boxing world will hold its breath over the next week in the hope of an official announcement, with the touted fight date just over six weeks away.