US promoter Bob Arum has dropped a hint that Tyson Fury could earn an incredible amount, around $200m, for his undisputed heavyweight championship fight with Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia.
Tyson Fury to earn an incredible $200m for his fight with Usyk
The declaration came on Friday afternoon that Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk have agreed on terms to put all the world titles on the line over the winter span – with the historic bout happening on December 23 or later in January.
The announcement was shocking to global boxing fans as Fury, who will be fighting Francis Ngannou on October 28th, had dismissed talks of an undisputed bout just a week ago.
Reportedly, the Gypsy said he was only interested in taking bouts that have financial rewards and stated that because of the language barrier, Usyk “doesn’t cut it.”
However, Arum has now declared that Fury will earn upwards of $100m. Further, reports state that his pay cheque will be near the $200m mark for the undisputed bout.
Speaking about the same, Arum said,
“If you told Tyson Fury he’s set to make $100m, he’d really get pissed off because he thinks – and I think he’s right – that he’s gonna make a lot more than that.”
As per reports, Fury could make in the region of $200m for the fight, which will see either Gypsy King or Usyk become the first ever undisputed heavyweight champion since 1999, and the first one in the four-belt era.
Whatever it is, the announcement was a shock, provided Tyson Fury said he isn’t interested in it and would rather want to participate in more crossover bouts.
What did he say earlier about fighting Usyk?
Earlier, while talking about Usyk, he had said,
“Nope, I’m not interested in fighting Usyk. He’s a little Ukrainian dossier. That’s all he is to me. No interest in unifying the division. It doesn’t mean s*** to me.
He further added,
“All that stuff about unifying and whatever, it really doesn’t mean anything to me. I’m looking for the biggest payday. Most of the time, Usyk doesn’t cut it.
He is just a foreign person who doesn’t speak good English, so you can’t really sell him. I’m looking for probably another American. Probably, looking to fight Jon Jones in a boxing fight.”
Talking about the criticism he has faced for rejecting Usyk, he said,
“Haters are going to hate. I’m getting a bag. I’m getting a f***ing big bag too. So, I won’t feel bad when I’m cashin’ my cheque in.”