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TYSON FURY and Oleksandr Usyk have been given an extension to sign off on their undisputed title fight for April 29.
The pair of unbeaten champions publicly agreed a split to unify all four heavyweight belts but privately talks appear to be dragging on.
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk have been given an extension to sign off on their undisputed title fight[/caption]
Oleksandr Usyk preparing for his fight with Anthony Joshua on the speed bag.[/caption]
Both parties were warned by the WBA that if a deal was not agreed then Usyk would have to face mandatory challenger Daniel Dubois, 25, instead.
But the governing bodies’ chief Gilberto J Mendoza has now confirmed that parties have till April 1 to confirm the bout.
He tweeted: “Usyk v. Fury update: @WBABoxing deadline to receive signed bout contracts is April 1st.
“Otherwise the Dubois mandatory negotiations will be ordered.”
Usyk accepted Fury’s “greedy” offer of 70/30 in a bid to get the division’s first four-belt unification over the line.
But his manager Egis Klimas has maintained their acceptance of just 30 per cent is only valid for a fight on April 29, only six weeks away.
And any postponement will cause a renegotiation of 50/50 split between the unbeaten pair.
Usyk worryingly tweeted out that the “clock is ticking” on the fight after claiming his team did “everything in our power to make it happen”.
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But Hall of Famer Frank Warren has put fans at ease as he celebrated Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace by teasing a fight announcement.
He tweeted: “Arsenal 8 points clear! Even bigger news to come!”
Further hope was revealed when Fury was captured filming a promotional shoot for a fight with Usyk as signs point towards an impending announcement.
Source: The US Sun