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Inside the collapse of Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk fight and what happens next

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Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk's undisputed heavyweight showdown talks have completely collapsed, in another dramatic twist.

The Gypsy King will now face British rival Dillian Whyte in a WBC title defence with the date and venue to be decided by whoever wins the purse bids at 6pm on Friday.

Anthony Joshua will press ahead with plans to face WBA, IBF and WBO champion Usyk this summer. Those involved then plan to put the two winners against each other later in the year.

But after protracted discussions failed to get Fury against Usyk over the line now rather than waiting, there are fears that may prove problematic.

The war of words over why the fight has collapsed has begun with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn blaming Fury.

Hearn has claimed Fury requested a March warm-up fight before facing Usyk.

But Fury has laid the blame at Hearn and Joshua, saying they turned down a package worth in the region of £65m to step aside.

Joshua, 32, did hold discussions about stepping aside to free Usyk from his contract for an immediate rematch with the Watford warrior, who he outpointed in September.

There was an offer on the table in the region of £15m to not fight Usyk, with Joshua later requesting a further £5m.

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He would then earn at least £50m to face the winner later in the year.

Saudi Arabia was putting up site fees to stage both bouts and cover the eye-watering costs.

Whyte was also offered a sum of around £5m to step aside from his mandatory WBC shot, yet he also brought issues to the table later on.

As the clock ticked down and negotiations rumbled on, a number of major issues remained unresolved which blocked contracts being drafted.

Now time has simply run out on getting a deal done to give Fury or Usyk the chance to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis.

Fury and Whyte can no longer delay their purse bids for the WBC title and they will take place on Friday unless there is another dramatic U-turn.

Promoters can submit their bids to the WBC and a blind auction will take place at 6pm with the highest bidder getting to host the fight in their desired location within a certain time period.

  • Boxing
  • Anthony Joshua
  • Eddie Hearn
  • Tyson Fury
  • Saudi Arabia

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