"A fight? You call that a fight? Deceiver": Usyk's promoter speaks out about Fury's championship belt deprivation
World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) should be stripped of his World Boxing Council (WBC) belt from a sporting point of view. At the same time, the Gypsy King, as the Manchester native is known, did not break any rules and there are no legal grounds for this step.
Oleksandr Krasiuk, the promoter of Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs), said this in an interview with Seconds Out YouTube channel, commenting on Fury's likely fight against former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion Francis Ngannou. According to the Ukrainian boxer's representative, Tyson is openly deceiving boxing fans.
"The fight between Fury and Ngannou? Do you call that a fight? It's a show, an exhibition, it's not a fight. A fight is when the title of absolute world champion is at stake. Otherwise, you just make money by entertaining the fans. Fury can be stripped of the title under one condition - breaking the WBC rules. But I don't see that happening. He had a mandatory belt defence with Dillian Whyte, and now he has to be assigned a new challenger. From the point of view of the sport, of pure boxing, he needs to be stripped of the belt because he hasn't been boxing for a long time. He's a deceiver who announces fights that don't come to fruition," said Krasiuk.
On 26 August, Usyk will hold a mandatory defence against Daniel Dubois (19-1, 18 KOs). In case of successful defence of the belts, the Ukrainian expects to fight Fury for the title of absolute world heavyweight champion. At the same time, Dubois promised to "shock the world" and knock out the Ukrainian.
Saudi Arabia intended to organise the fights Usyk - Fury and Anthony Joshua (25-3, 2 KOs) - Deontay Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs) on the same night. The media published the boxers' fees for the grand show. At the same time, Anthony has already confirmed his fight against Deontay.
Later, promoter Frank Warren announced that Tyson would not fight Usyk in Saudi Arabia in December this year. This decision by the Gypsy King shocked former world heavyweight champion Tony Bellew.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, the famous Russian promoter Vladimir Khryunov wished Oleksandr Usyk a defeat in the fight with Daniel Dubois. The Ukrainian and the Briton have already had their first duel of looks before the fight.