Fury Rules Out Usyk, Ugas Confused Why The Thurman Fight Never Happened

November 15, 2023
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Tyson Fury has dismissed the idea of fighting Oleksandr Usyk by choosing to make fights that offer bigger purses. 

The undisputed fight has been long talked about, but talks over a bout in April were not successful. Thereafter, Fury chose to face Francis Ngannou, which will earn him a reported $50 million.

And provided that he comes out victorious, as he is expected to do, Fury has no intention of facing Usyk. He made it clear that a fight with Ngannou in the cage or a boxing fight with Jon Jones is something that he is targeting.

And given that those bouts would offer more by way of a bigger purse than Usyk, that is where Fury’s focus was on. 

Fury On Usyk

“Nope, I am not interested in fighting Usyk. He’s a little Ukrainian dosser. That’s all he is to me. No interest in unifying the division. It doesn’t mean s*** to me. All that stuff about unifying and whatever, it really doesn’t mean anything to me. I am looking for the biggest payday. Most of the time, Usyk doesn’t cut it. He’s just a foreign person who doesn’t speak good English so you can’t really sell him.

“Haters are going to hate. I am getting a bag. I am getting a f****** big bag too. So, I won’t feel bad when I am cashing my cheque in. I won’t care when I am eating ice cream and marshmallows all day drinking Pina Coladas. I’m not thinking, ‘What about those boxers?’ and all that s***,” Fury

Implication Of Fury’s Comments

Those comments will have the impact of tying up the belts unless Fury’s WBC mandatory is called. And as of now, there is nothing new in that regard. Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr. had failed to agree terms for a WBC title eliminator.

Wilder’s 70-30 offer was rejected, as Ruiz demanded 50-50. Since those hurdles were not overcome, the WBC scrapped the order. So moving forward, Fury’s focus is on the money.

Ugas On Thurman

Meanwhile, Yordenis Ugas has revealed that he had planned on facing Keith Thurman before his current fight with Mario Barrios

Ugas will make his comeback after over a year since he suffered an 11th-round-stoppage defeat to Errol Spence Jr. However, prior to facing Barrios, there had been links with Thurman.

So much so that reports had suggested that a fight was being targeted in November. Instead, the fight against Barrios at 147 is going ahead for the WBC interim belt.

Such a bout is significant since the winner would either face Crawford as a mandatory or become the full champion if Bud were to vacate and move up to 154. And yet, Ugas admitted that he has been left in the dark over why the Thurman fight failed. 

“I was training to fight Thurman. I was practically sure that was gonna happen. I have no idea why that fight got undone. But I’m here and I’m ready for this next challenge, and it’s gonna be a great one,” Ugas

Nevertheless, that fight could happen later down the line. Both are former world champions and are entering into the latter parts of their career.

In addition, such a fight would generate a lot of interest given their fighting style which focuses on breaking down fighters on the front foot. And that is still something that Ugas is hopeful of moving forward. 

“I wanted Thurman. I don’t know what happened to Thurman, but Barrios is a great fighter. I’m happy to fight with Barrios. … Barrios is strong. He’s a great fighter. He’s a former world champion,” Ugas


Despite that being the case, the Barrios fight could be a blessing in disguise. Having an interim fight is ultimately the road to a world title shot. And at the age of 37, Ugas will not get many more chances.

As for Fury, the boxer is 35-years-old. However, his comments could be a way to secure an ever bigger payday. After all, the benchmark has been set, given how much he will receive for the Ngannou fight.

So moving forward, Fury may hold the cards if Usyk wants the fight. You can stay up-to-date with the latest happenings in the world of boxing and MMA by visiting boxingblitz right here.