Tyson Fury hits out at Oleksandr Usyk for ‘running’ from undisputed super-fight
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Tyson Fury has hit out at Oleksandr Usyk for "running" from their undisputed super-fight. The pair were on track to meet in the heavyweight division's first ever four-belt unification bout; however, talks broke down amid a row over finances for the potential rematch, leaving both men to go their separate ways.
Oleksandr, 36, has since signed with Saudi Arabia's Skill Challenge Entertainment, and the Gypsy King has since accused his rival of thinking only about the money. He said on Foxify Trade Twitter Spaces: "I would love to fight Usyk for the undisputed titles.
"But at the minute Usyk is running like a cheater, he is running so fast, he can't get away from me quick enough. The only reason this fight hasn't happened is Usyk wants more bags, he wants more money."
Instead of fighting Tyson Fury, Oleksandr is to face Daniel Dubois, 25, while Fury continues his search for an opponent. However, boxing bosses in Saudi may have other plans, as they are hoping for Anthony Joshua, 33, to fight Deontay Wilder, 35, with Fury facing Oleksandr.
Despite Fury’s hit at Oleksandr for being focused on the money, he also added that he couldn’t hold it against him, as at the end of the day, the sport is a business. He said: “It's not a personal thing of 'I hate Usyk' or 'oh my god Usyk didn't fight me,’ for whatever reasons. This is strictly business.
"Usyk is waiting for the big money, the £100 million he's going to get from the Saudis for a fight in November or whenever it's going to happen. So, I can't hold it against him. I know he's a family man and he's got mouths to feed, so I wish him luck, it's not personal, it's a sport for one and a business for two.”
However, Tyson Fury then added that even though it wasn’t personal, he would “annihilate” his rival when they finally meet in the ring.