With the wrestling world awaiting a match between WBC and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, and WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titlist Oleksandr Usyk, Fury took it upon himself to get inside Usyk’s head, right as he did with Usyk’s Ukrainian colleague, Wladimir Klitschko, before the 2015 showdown. Usyk, however, is not Klitschko. Rather than just pretend to push Fury away, Usyk decided to rise to the occasion and meet Fury on his turf. Referring to the hulking Fury as “Belly,” Usyk has been teasing the fighter known as “The Gypsy King” on social media. On Tuesday, however, things took a different turn.
“Fury,” Usyk wrote, “you talk about greatness in boxing. At the same time you say “give me a lot of money.” Greatness in boxing is not determined by money, greatness comes from a victorious path.” Ouch. But the undefeated Usyk wasn’t done yet. “You say that I avoid you, although I never have, and in fact I have even come to you. I am ready to box you even without any prize money! A bold statement, no doubt, that could very well be true – not that Usyk and Fury won’t be well paid if/when their anticipated match does happen.
With that in mind, Usyk’s post indicates there may be some friction in the contract negotiations between his team and the Fury squad. The rumor around the fire is that the meeting is almost a done deal, so it may not be wise to delve too deeply into Usyk’s statement. In boxing, especially contemporary boxing, however, one can never be too sure. Needless to say, one way or another, Fury will respond to Usyk’s post the same way. Here, after all, is a guy who enjoys sparring outside the ring as well as inside. And he may have found his perfect sparring partner in Usyk.