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Last-ditch talks in attempt to save Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk fight

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Tyson Fury's promoter says he still believes an undisputed heavyweight title fight with Oleksandr Usyk can be salvaged.

Frank Warren was speaking after reports on Wednesday that Usyk had walked away from talks for a superfight with the Morecambe-based WBC champion.

'The Gypsy King' and the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion from Ukraine have been locked in negotiations over the planned battle.

Although both boxers had entered training camp in preparation for the fight, it has never officially been confirmed.

And on Wednesday, Usyk's promoter Alex Krassyuk said the fight would not happen on the proposed date of April 29.

But Mr Warren, appearing on TalkSport this afternoon, said: "I think if common sense prevails we can get an outcome, if everyone parks their egos up.

"Alex and I are friends. I still believe this fight can be made and I believe with the will of everybody concerned we can get it over the line and that's what I'm trying to do.

"We're going to get back on the phone together and we're going to have a chat. We've got a day, maybe two days, then we're done."

Mr Krassyuk was also interviewed by TalkSport at the same time as Mr Warren.

He said Usyk (pictured below) was fed up of compromising, after previously agreeing to only receive 30 per cent of the overall purse for the fight.

"It's not me, it's Usyk who cannot stand it any more, who doesn't want to compromise any more," said Mr Krassyuk.

"He compromised for 70-30, accepting it because he wanted this fight to happen.

"I want to thank Frank and Queensberry (Promotions). It is not their fault. They have a client who is Tyson Fury, we have a client who is Oleksandr Usyk. We are here to supply the demands of our fighters. Frank, he did everything possible to make it happen.

"Only God, the Lord can give a 100 per cent guarantee. But from the perspective we are having now, this fight is not going to happen on (April) 29. Maybe some miracle could happen. But at this point, I'm really sincere. I'm not trying to play games. The Usyk camp pulled the plug out."

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There has also been controversy over a 'rematch clause' in the fight contract, which guarantees an automatic rematch between the two, giving the loser chance to immediately gain revenge in a second fight.

Fury released an Instagram video on March 13 challenging Usyk to have no rematch clause in the contract.

Mr Krassyuk said today: "The rematch clause was something that had never been under discussion and became under discussion when Tyson Fury went on Instagram.

"Usyk came out very clearly, 'OK Tyson I accept 70-30 but you have to accept (to donate) £1m to the people of Ukraine'. That was his demand. Tyson heard the first part ot it, he didn't want to hear the second (part of it). It's a matter of how Tyson estimates himself.

"I'm not blaming Frank or even (Tyson). It is what it is. I cannot even express my disappointment in the fact that this fight is not happening."

Fury has been in training camp for the fight at his gym at Morecambe Football Club since March 10.

Wembley Stadium has been mooted as the possible venue for the fight, in which all four of the world's most high-profile heavyweight title belts would be on the line for the first time ever.

 

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