Ricky Hatton, a former world champion in two weight divisions, has provided his perspective on the scrapped unification bout between Oleksandr Usyk, the WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO champion, and Tyson Fury, the current WBC heavyweight titleholder.
"I think eventually someone has got to give a little. At the minute, it seems like there is no give and if this fight doesn’t take place, with Tyson-AJ or with Tyson-Usyk, AJ-Usyk, if these fights don’t happen it is a terrible shame for our sport, isn’t it?"
“We’ve got YouTubers fighting boxers and we’ve got MMA [stars] fighting, and everything like that. So, we are playing catch up to these farcical f***ing fights to be honest with you. We can’t get the Spence-Crawford fight, we can’t get Tyson and Usyk on, UFC and YouTubers, everyone is overtaking us [boxing]," Boxing Social quotes Hatton as saying.
Egis Klimas, the manager, announced that the highly anticipated bout between WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO champion Oleksandr Usyk and Fury, scheduled for April 29, has been canceled. According to Klimas, Fury's team demanded too much, and Usyk made compromises but to no avail.
Meanwhile, promoter Alex Krassyuk confirmed that Usyk will commence negotiations for his next fight soon. The Ukrainian fighter is set to defend his titles in June or July under one of the proposed versions.
On the other hand, Fury plans to fight in the summer and has his sights set on interim WBO world champion Joe Joyce as his potential opponent.