Oleksandr Usyk's promoter says Tyson Fury is 'pretending' to train | Tyson Fury responds: April 29 definitely a worker

Oleksandr Usyk's promoter Alexander Krassyuk insists the terms they have agreed for Tyson Fury are only valid if the fight goes ahead on April 29; "If it moves just for one day it's going to be a 50/50 split again"; Fury says "April 29 definitely a worker" in social media video

By John Dennen, Sports journalist

Oleksandr Usyk's team 'would be surprised' if the Tyson Fury fight goes ahead in April and have claimed that the British star is 'pretending' to train for an undisputed world heavyweight title clash

Oleksandr Usyk's team "would be surprised" if the Tyson Fury fight goes ahead in April and have claimed the British star is "pretending" to train for an undisputed world heavyweight title clash.

On Tuesday night Fury appeared to confirm the fight was on in an Instagram video, saying April 29 is "definitely a worker", but Usyk's promoter Alexander Krassyuk, speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News, expressed his frustration with the delays to confirming Fury-Usyk.

"The negotiations now go live on Instagram, so we see both fighters exchanging messages," Krassyuk told Sky Sports News. "We are expecting to get some basic agreement with the terms and things like that but it's still pending.

Usyk denied Fury's claim he is demanding a rematch clause in the contract for their proposed fight in April, insisting the clause was coming from Fury's side

"We've been negotiating for so many months. We went through all the small issues, bigger issues, large issues whatever.

"So it's all done already. It's been done actually several weeks ago. But the one thing that was pending was Tyson's consent, which is still pending. Though he claims he's ready and pretends he's training.


"It doesn't look convincing but it's still the case."

The target date for the fight is April 29, with Usyk's team adamant the terms they have agreed to will only be valid for a contest on that date.

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Fury, in a video posted to his Instagram accounts on Tuesday night, said: "Hi guys, as fun as it's been over the last few days terrorising Usyk and his team, tomorrow I'm going to knuckle down into training camp, and I'll be doing a blackout as I always do on social media.

"Nav (Salimian) will be running my Instagram account, keeping you all updated on my training progress, and how everything is going.

"April 29 is definitely a worker, I will see you all on the night.

Tyson Fury says he's entering into full training ahead of his potential undisputed heavyweight title fight with Oleksandr Usyk.

"Tune in, or be there or be square. This is the biggest event in British boxing history, the fight of the century.

"Two undefeated world heavyweight champions throwing down to see who is No 1 in the division: the undisputed world heavyweight championship on the line.

"Peace out, good training to Usyk, may the best man win."

Krassyuk had said: "We never mention anything like June or August, it's never been under discussion. Usyk was very clear in his message. April 29 I accept 70/30 [for the purse split]."

"Egis Klimas [Usyk's manager] yesterday came out on Twitter saying that if it moves just for one day then it's going to be 50/50 again."

Despite accepting a purse split heavily weighted in Fury's favour, Krassyuk still is not optimistic the fight will be made for their agreed date.

Fury announced on his Instagram channel he is back in training for the Usyk fight

"It all depends on the objective that the fighter puts in front of him. If it's about money then it's definitely enough, if it's about the victory, I don't think so," he said.

"I'm not really confident that this fight is going to happen on April 29, I will be surprised if it takes place, but if it takes place I will be really happy.

"Because this is the biggest thing Usyk wants, the baddest thing he wants in his life, to unify all the belts in the heavyweight division, the second division in his career."

Though Krassyuk was sceptical about Fury's preparation, he revealed Usyk is training specifically for that opponent on the April 29 date, even revealing the Ukrainian is reading Fury's biography as research.

Usyk has verbally agreed to a 70/30 split with Fury if his opponent donates £1m to Ukraine

"He's like in the mental state of a warrior who is planning to defeat his opponent on April 29. This is his mindset," the promoter said.

"He's enjoying his training camp. He's working hard, three times per day training, reading Tyson's book, maybe the second one already."

"Size never matters much," he added. "We expect him to become a historic person.

"Usyk is one of the biggest inspirations for Ukrainians."

Usyk's team though will not be imposing be imposing any further deadlines on Fury themselves, with Krassyuk saying: "The deadline has passed already three weeks ago so there are no deadlines anymore."

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Fury himself responded promptly to Krassyuk's claims, before potentially confirming the date later on in a video post.

"You sausage," Fury said on social media. "You'll get what you're getting don't worry. You're the worst manager in history, you got your fighter to accept 30 per cent.

"You got outwitted by a man who never went to school in his life. Sausage. Keep talking, your boy's going to get smashed and he's going to be beltless like the other bum AJ."