By: Sean Cross
As the fighting world awaits a match between WBC and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, Fury is having a hard time getting inside Usyk’s head. Before their 2015 show. But Usyk is not Klitschko. Instead of pretending to simply brush off Fury, Usyk decided to rise to the occasion and meet Fury on his own turf. Usyk took to social media to poke fun at the fighter known as “Gypsy King” by calling the extreme rage a “hod”. But on Tuesday, things took a different turn.
“Rage,” Usyk wrote, “you talk about greatness in boxing. At the same time you say, ‘Give me more money.’ Greatness in boxing is not determined by money, greatness is achieved by winning. Oh, but the undefeated Usyk isn’t done yet. “You say I will never leave you, in fact I have come to you. I’m ready to box you even without any prize money!” A bold statement, no doubt, but one that may well be true – if the expected match-up ends/Usic and Fury will not be well paid.
With this in mind, Usyk’s post suggests that there may be some friction in contract negotiations between his team and Team Fury. Word around the fire is that the fight is almost over, so it might not be wise to look too closely into Usyk’s statement. In boxing – especially modern boxing – however, one cannot be too sure. Needless to say, Fury will no doubt respond to Usick’s post one way or another. Here, after all, is a man who likes to save both outside and inside the ring. And he may have found his perfect sparring partner in Usyk.