Frank Smith Claims Tyson Fury Requested Excessive Payment from Saudis for Oleksandr Usyk Fight

According to Frank Smith of Matchroom Boxing, Tyson Fury requested an exorbitant sum of money from the Saudis for the Oleksandr Usyk undisputed heavyweight championship scheduled for April 29th.

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Despite Usyk having reached an agreement with the Saudis, Fury's demand was deemed unreasonable by the promoters, according to reports.

As a result, the fight will not take place in the Middle East, and doubts remain about whether it will occur in London, England, at Wembley Stadium.

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Given that the fight is scheduled for April 29th, an agreement must be reached within the next week as there is insufficient time for promotion.

It is unclear whether it is too late for Fury's promoters to renegotiate a lower fee with the Saudis. Smith advises Fury to prioritize profit over pride, as the fight requires the right build-up to fully realize its magnitude.

Smith opines that AJ-Wilder is currently the more commercially significant fight than Usyk-Fury.

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Matchroom Boxing is primarily focused on ensuring the April 1st fight with Anthony Joshua proceeds as planned, with Joshua currently training in Dallas with coach Derrick James.

The organizers are hopeful that Joshua will deliver an excellent performance, and they have plans for several significant nights with him, starting with April 1st.

Ultimately, it is up to Joshua to decide his course of action, but plans are in place for the summer. Joshua and Canelo Álvarez are still the biggest commercial stars in the sport, according to Smith.

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