Tyson Fury has demanded a £500million payday for a unification fight with Oleksandr Usyk and wants it arranged within the next week.
Usyk retained his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO belts after winning his rematch with Anthony Joshua on Saturday, while Fury, who retired after beating Dillian Whyte in April, holds the WBC belt .
Promoter Frank Warren has said a fight with Fury is “the only fight” Usyk wants and Fury has given until September 1 to arrange it.
In a powerful interview on TalkSPORT, the 34-year-old, who claimed he quit boxing less than two weeks ago, said only “obscene money” would get him back in the ring.
“I’ve made it clear that I’ve retired from boxing and I’m very happy about that, but I’ll come back but it has to be for an obscene amount of money,” he said.
“Let’s be honest, it’s not Anthony Joshua, it’s some foreigner that no one has ever heard of. If they want me to fight this unknown force and give him a chance to gain legendary status, then they have to pay for it.
“You have a week. This fight is all about money, I’m happy in retirement. If they want the Gypsy King to fight, they have to pay an obscene amount of money.
“The biggest fight in the world has to be the biggest payday in the world. (Floyd) Mayweather got £400m for (Manny) Pacquiao, I want £500m for Usyk.
“I have no real interest in Usyk. Nobody doesn’t even know his name. A pumped up middleweight that beat AJ. It’s not my fault he hit AJ. It’s not my fault, he hit him twice in a row. However, it was always just me.
“I can beat Usyk in a week of practice because he’s a middleweight, I can put my fist right through him. When the money is on the table I will fight Usyk and 50 men like him and I will destroy every one of them.
“I don’t think he’s a great fighter and I see more excitement at Morecambe on a Friday night than he does.”
After the Ukrainian defeated Joshua in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, Warren said: “The challenge will be to meet the financial expectations of both guys.
“It has to be a lot bigger (Usyk vs Joshua II) because you have two undisputed fighters and you had four belts on the line for the first time.
“It’s a unique situation, and what’s more, they’re both unbeaten, which is pretty unusual.”
If the fight happened, the victor would become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999-2000, only the sixth all-time and the first of the four-belt era following the rise of the WBO.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/boxing/tyson-fury-oleksandr-usyk-anthony-joshua-b2151749.html Tyson Fury wants £500m for Oleksandr Usyk’s unification fight to be arranged within a week