Former WBC Cruiser class champion Tony Bellew has made his comments in light of recent news that Oleksandr Usyk has accepted a 70/30 split in favor of Tyson Fury for the undisputed heavyweight belt fight their.
Bellew is one of only two men to have battled Usyk for the undisputed title so far, sharing the ring in 2018, where The proud Evertonian was beaten by an eight-round knockout, in the last game of his career.
In an interview with iFL TVBellew sympathized with the unified champion and admitted that if he were in the position of the Ukrainian champion, he would not be satisfied with Fury’s demands.
“I have a crush on Oleksandr, I really do. How come you have three belts in a division and then you’re bowing and shorting yourself? He answered his questions and he is doing it, so be fair to him. If this war doesn’t happen, it belongs to only one person, right? I keep hearing that he wants to fight Francis Ngannou, I’m not surprised he wants to fight Francis Ngannou, because Francis Ngannou has never been in the boxing ring before. Just fight Oleksandr Usyk, man. Put boxing first.
“60/40 would be fair, do you think 70/30 is fair when you have three belts and another man has one? Has that happened in boxing history before?”
“He’s the lead, but 70/30, he’s taking p**s. If I were him [Usyk] I wouldn’t lean into that, but it is what it is and you have to get on with it.
Negotiations are still underway, with Tyson Fury is currently trying to remove any rematch clause from his contract. As the proposed battle date of April 29 draws nearer, it seems likely that negotiations will come to an end.