Fury, Usyk Agree To Terms Of Uniification Fight
By: Gyang Dakwo
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk have agreed for the terms of their heavyweight unification bout on April 29 at Wembley Stadium in London.
The two sides agreed late last year that they would fight to decide the undisputed heavyweight world championship after Britain’s Fury retained his WBC title against Derek Chisora.
The deal will see Fury take a 70% split to Usyk’s 30%.
ESPN said that Usyk had requested that Fury donate $1 million to his native Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian invasion of the country as part of the terms, though it was not immediately clear whether that was agreed upon.
The match will see Fury back at Wembley almost exactly a year after he delivered a stunning technical knockout victory over Dillian Whyte.
Fury taunted Usyk at his 10th round stoppage of Chisora in December, getting face-to-face with the Ukrainian – who had been sitting ringside – and telling him “I’m going to write you off.”
Meanwhile Usyk said a fight with Fury was “very important for both of us” and that it must be made.
“All four belts haven’t been held by one person,” Usyk said, pointing out it has been two decades since the heavyweight division had an undisputed champion.
“So both of us need this fight.”
Usyk would expect Fury to be even more of a challenge than Joshua. But previously an undisputed champion at cruiserweight, the 36-year-old believes he can repeat the feat at heavyweight, even against Fury.
“I’m not afraid of Tyson Fury,” he said. “This will be like any other fight. It’s just a big man who has never lost before against a man who has the WBC belt.