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Tyson Fury starts training in Morecambe for undisputed heavyweight title clash with Usyk

Tyson Fury before his last fight, a 10th round win over Derek Chisora in December 2022

Tyson Fury has begun a six-week training camp as an undisputed heavyweight title fight with Oleksandr Usyk inches closer to being confirmed.

Morecambe-based Fury has made it clear that he expects to fight the Ukrainian on Saturday April 29, with Wembley Stadium likely to be the venue.

If the fight is confirmed, the WBC Heavyweight Champion could battle the WBA, IBF and WBO champion in a megabucks showdown where all four of the world's most high-profile heavyweight title belts are on the line for the first time ever.

Fury has 33 victories and one draw on his record, while former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk - who holds back-to-back wins over Britain's former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua - has won all his 20 professional bouts.

Talks over the mega-fight looked in danger of collapse until Friday, when Fury publicly said that he believed Usyk was only worth receiving 30 per cent of the overall purse.

The photo below shows Usyk and Fury staring down after Tyson's 2022 win over Dereck Chisora.

In a video posted on his social media, Tyson said: "I see all this talk. Tyson's being greedy. From where I'm standing, Usyk, you and your team, are worth 30 per cent.

"You either take it or you leave it. If you want to make some real money, come and fight the Gypsy King.

"Every day from today that you linger and mess around, I'm going to deduct one per cent until you take it. How in the world could you ever offer me a deal? Not possible."

Usyk (pictured below after his August 2022 win over Joshua) replied with his own video.

"Hey greedy belly. I accept your offer.

"70-30, split the fight. April 29 at Wembley. But you will promise to donate to (the people of) Ukraine a million pounds. Every day you delay, you pay one per cent. Deal."

Then on Saturday, Tyson posted a series of videos showing him running on Morecambe Promenade and training in his gym at Morecambe Football Club.

In the video filmed on the seafront, he said: "Today is the first day of my training for the Usyk fight. I've got six weeks and a week's rest. Done.

"Happy days, and I'm going to impose my will on this little sneaky mother______.  Cannot wait. Rule Britannia."

In another video, Tyson was flanked by his friend, former WBO Heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker, who is based in Morecambe, and his nutritionist George Lockhart.

Fury said he'd be sparring "10-12 rounds" with Parker that day (see photo below of Joseph Parker and Tyson Fury).

Meanwhile, Fury's promoter Frank Warren told talkSPORT that the fight was indeed now close to being finalised.

"We're much closer than we were 24 hours ago," he said on Saturday night.

"Both guys have agreed the split and we've got a couple of bits still to sort out, but I think we're on track for it.

"(April 29) would be the date for the fight if we're doing it. At one stage I wasn't sure whether Tyson would be fit for it, but he's OK.

"The bottom line of it is they've both come out now and said what they want to do, and obviously we've got to get the contracts and so-forth signed, and everybody's working on that to get everything finalised.

"If you want to see the fight, that's it. The rest of it has nothing to do with anybody else. They've agreed to fight. They're going to fight. That's the end of it. 

"Everybody should take their hat off to Tyson Fury, he's fought the best around in the generation he's been around in. He went to (former world heavyweight champion Wladimir) Klitschko's back yard and beat him. He beat the longest reigning heavyweight in Deontay Wilder, went to the States three times and beat him, and now he's stepping up to the guy who's had two wins over Joshua and has got three belts. Nobody else has done that."

On Saturday, the World Boxing Association (WBA) said an agreement between the two fighters was made before Friday's 10pm GMT deadline, though both sides have requested time to "work on the contracts to close the deal".

A lawyer for Usyk told news agency Reuters the parties had agreed terms that will see Fury take a 70% split to Usyk's 30%.

But then on Monday, Fury released another video challenging Usyk to accept his offer of "no rematch clause" in the contract, so there can be no automatic rematch between the two, giving the loser no chance to immediately gain revenge in a second fight.

"I've been speaking to the lawyers today and Usyk's people are talking about rematch clauses," said 'The Gypsy King'.

"How about there is no rematch clause, for both of us? Let's up the ante completely and never worry about what's in the future and how many dollars you can get after you're defeated."

Usyk's promoter Alexander Krassyuk then told talkSPORT: “When we started negotiations, Fury’s side was the first to ask for a rematch clause. We supported this.

“I don’t believe anyone will fight. Even if we accept this now, he will still try to find a way out. He knows he's not prepared for it. Usyk wants this fight badly but he needs an opponent in the ring and his opponent is ducking him.

“I don’t feel this fight will take place on April 29.”

Usyk then posted a video on Monday, telling Fury: "Stop whining. Be a man. Ink the contract or vacate the belt. I need undisputed and not to play your stupid games."

BEYOND RADIO spoke exclusively to Tyson Fury in February. Here's what the heavyweight champion had to say.

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