Oleksandr Usyk claims ‘greedy’ Tyson Fury is ‘AFRAID’ of him after agreeing to fight ex-UFC champion Francis Ngannou instead of him… as he slams the Gypsy King for facing ‘someone who has never boxed before’
- Tyson Fury’s nect bout will be against Francis Ngannou in October
- The former UFC champion has never fought as a professional boxer
- Oleksandr Usyk accused Fury of being ‘afraid of him after taking the fight
Rather than fighting a world-level boxer in his next bout, Fury will instead face former UFC heavyweight champion Ngannou on October 28 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia under Marquess of Queensbury boxing rules.
The fight has not been received well by fans, who were hoping to see Fury square off against Oleksandr Usyk next.
Usyk defends his unified heavyweight titles against WBA mandatory Daniel Dubois on August 26 in Wroclaw, Poland.
After which, it was expected that Usyk and Fury would go toe-to-toe in December.
World heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk has accused Tyson Fury of being ‘afraid of him’
It comes after Fury (left) announced his next fight would be against ex-UFC champion Francis Ngannou
The Gypsy King has thrown a spanner into the woks by agreeing to fight Ngannou as late as October, which has left his Ukrainian rival unimpressed.
‘The guy is going to earn some decent money,’ Usyk told Sky Sports. ‘For Francis Ngannou, this is a great opportunity, but for Tyson Fury, it’s definitely not.
‘Doesn’t it seem strange that instead of choosing a top-10 guy, he is choosing someone who has never boxed before?’
When asked if he felt Fury was scared of facing him in a title unification fight, Usyk replied: ‘Yes, of course! Of course. Greedy belly [Fury] is afraid of me.’
The WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion added that he would be ‘ready’ to face Fury after Dubois, and added ‘let’s make it happen.’
He claimed the WBC heavyweight champion had ‘disrespected fans’ and ‘destroyed his image’ by choosing to fight Ngannou next.
Negotiations have taken place for a fight between Usyk and Fury in the past, but they fell apart after disagreements over how the money should be split.
If they do eventually get a fight on, the heavyweight division could gain its first undisputed champion in two decades.
Usyk’s next fight will be against mandatory challenger Daniel Dubois in August