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‘He’s a lunatic’ – Oleksandr Usyk blasts Tyson Fury and claims Gypsy King is asking for £500m for undisputed clash

OLEKSANDR USYK has criticized Tyson Fury and claimed he is asking £500m for the undisputed match.

The Ukrainian defeated Anthony Joshua for the second time in August to retain the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring heavyweight titles.

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Tyson Fury is the current WBC belt holder – the only USC missing from his collectioncredit: Getty
Oleksandr Usyk had a busy year with two matches against Anthony Joshua on both sides fighting on the front line in Ukraine.

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Oleksandr Usyk had a busy year with two matches against Anthony Joshua on both sides fighting on the front line in Ukraine.credit: Getty

He leaves a baffling clash with The Gypsy King on the cards for 2023.

Fury looked set to face Joshua in December in what critics claimed would have been the biggest clash in British boxing history if it could have been pulled off.

But the 34-year-old largely pulled out earlier this week after AJ missed a contract-signing deadline – but some are still hopeful.

Usek has now said a fight with Fury may be going on – but he admits to his astonishment at the Briton’s demands.

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Usek Barimac told: “I don’t know anything about what Tyson Fury is doing or thinking. We are in negotiations talking about a match and we are doing everything we can to make this match happen. Of course, I really want to have this fight next year.

“But if Tyson Fury isn’t interested in next year’s match, it won’t be possible to face him. I’m not interested in fighting any other boxer, so let’s wait.

“He’s talking about £500m to fight. It’s crazy, but I mean in a good sense. I also want £500m, but it’s a crazy thing.”

Usyk also mentioned again that any fight this year was off the cards as he is recovering from injury and looking forward to spending more time with his family.

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The 35-year-old wouldn’t rule out a three-way fight with Joshua in the future.

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He said, “If Fury does not agree, I think we can try to have another fight. We already have a match in London and Saudi Arabia as well, so the next match could be at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv.”

Another potential opponent for Usyk emerged over the weekend after Joe Joyce ousted Joseph Parker.

The result left The Juggernaut in a position to do battle with the biggest names in the division.

Meanwhile, Fury announced that he would fight Manuel Char in December after plans to fight Joshua collapsed.

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