OLEKSANDR USYK has blasted Tyson Fury and claimed he is asking for £500m for a potential fight.
The Ukrainian beat Anthony Joshua for a second time in August to retain his WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring heavyweight titles.
Tyson Fury is current holder of the WBC belt – the only one Usyk is missing from his collection
Oleksandr Usyk has had a busy year with two bouts against Anthony Joshua either side of fighting on the frontline in Ukraine
It leaves a tantalising clash with The Gypsy King in 2023 on the cards as the biggest names in the heavyweight division attempt to sort out their next fights.
Fury had looked set to take on Joshua in December in what pundits were claiming would have been the biggest clash in British boxing history if it could have been pulled off.
But the 34-year-old dramatically pulled the plug earlier this week after AJ’s team missed another deadline – but some remain hopeful.
Usyk now said a fight with Fury could be on – but admits his surprise at the Brit’s demands.
Usyk told Parimatch: “I don’t know anything about what Tyson Fury is doing or thinking. We’re in negotiations talking about a match and we’re doing our best to make this bout happen. Of course, I really want to have this fight next year.
“But if Tyson Fury is not interested in a match next year, then it’s not possible to fight against him. I’m not interested in fighting any other boxer, so let’s wait.
“He’s talking about 500 million pounds for the fight. He’s a lunatic, but in a good sense I mean. I’d also want 500 million, but it’s something crazy.”
Usyk also mentioned again that any fight this year was off the cards as he recovers from injury and looks to spend more time with his family.
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But the 35-year-old also did not rule out a trilogy fight with Joshua in the future.
He said: “If Fury doesn’t agree I think we could try to have another fight. We already had a match in London and in Saudi Arabia as well, so the next one could be at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv.”
Another candidate of potential Usyk opponents emerged over the weekend after Joe Joyce knocked out Joseph Parker.
The result has left The Juggernaut in a position to set up a fight with the biggest names in the division next.
Meanwhile, Fury has announced he will be fighting Manuel Charr in December following the breakdown in plans to fight Joshua.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take for boxers to train each day?
Boxing trainers work out for at least 4 hours each day. They spend time learning new moves and practice their punches, as well as studying boxing techniques. Boxers can spar up to 10 times per week.
How can beginners boxers train?
Boxing is one of the oldest sports in existence, but it was only recently that boxing became popular again. Two fighters fight each other in boxing. They punch each others until one loses.
To become a boxer, you must first find out what boxing is like. You can watch some boxing matches on YouTube to feel how it feels hitting someone. Once you have decided that boxing is for you, you can decide what style of fight you prefer.
How can a beginner begin boxing at home
Boxing is one the oldest known sports. Boxing was first developed to train warriors against their enemies in ancient times. Today, boxing is still widely practiced around the world. Boxing doesn’t require you to attend a gym. To box, all you need are a pair gloves and punching bags.
Amateur boxing clubs can be found in your area where you can get trained by professionals. After mastering basic punches, combinations, and other skills, you can compete in tournaments.
How much weight should you lift while working out?
Weight lifting is essential if you want to improve your strength. There are some things you need to remember when lifting weights. It is important to not do too much. Second, try to lift heavier weights every other day. Third, do each exercise 8 times. Fourth, take a break between sets for 2 minutes. Fifth, complete all exercises using no momentum. And lastly, put more emphasis on form than speed.
How can you learn to box punch?
Boxing punches are practiced using a punching bag. You will continue to punch the bag until the technique is perfected. You can then move on to another area of your body. Once you feel comfortable with one area, you’ll move on to the next.
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Here are the Essential Skills of Boxing
How to box effectively
Boxing is one of the most popular sports in the world. It involves two people who attempt to knock each other out of their heads. Boxing rules vary from one country or another. There are generally three types of boxing: Amateur, Professional, and Olympic.
Amateur boxing is usually practiced at school, college or university. This boxing style includes sparring sessions without protection, using padded gloves. Amateur boxing contests are usually three rounds in length, lasting five minutes each. There are many different styles of amateur boxing including Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Karate, Judo, Wrestling and others.
Boxing is often practiced in gyms or clubs. They use protective equipment, such as mouthpieces, nose guards, shin protectors, elbow pads knee pads, waist belts and groin protectors. Six rounds of professional boxing last four minutes each. There are many styles to professional boxing.
Olympic boxing can be seen at the Olympics. Special protective gear must be worn by boxers to ensure compliance with international standards. Each round lasts three minutes and is made up of eight rounds. Olympic boxing has only two styles, Light Flyweight vs Heavyweight.
The basic skills of boxing are:
- Techniques for punching
- Techniques for protecting yourself
- Body movement
There are seven types of punches available: Left Hook and Right Hook, Cross, Cross, Straight, Underhand, Overhand, Cross, Straight, Cross, Straight, Cross, Straight, and Overhand. Each punch comes with its own technique. Some punches require greater strength than others. An example of this is an uppercut, which requires tremendous force. However, a straight punch is much more powerful and faster than other punches.
There are many combinations that can be used to punch. These are combinations of punches that work together to achieve a specific goal. One combination can have many parts. A combination may include multiple parts. For example, damage to the jaw of an opponent can be caused by a left hook and a right cross.
To defend himself from being attacked, a boxer uses his entire body. He does this using his legs and arms, elbows as well as hands, knees and feet.
Boxers must use their legs to defend themselves against kicks. When he’s hit, he raises his right leg and runs away from the attacker. To avoid being kicked on the sides, he bends at his knees when the attacker strikes from the front. If the attack is from the side, he will bend his knees to avoid being kicked on the side.
Elbow strikes are very powerful because they inflict great pain. An elbow strike can be delivered directly or indirectly. Directly, you strike your opponent with your forearm. Indirectly, you hit him with another portion of your arm.
Boxers use their hands to block incoming blows. Boxers use their hands to stop incoming punches. They raise their fists up above their heads and move towards the attack. The attacker’s fist is then in their face.
Boxers who are subject to a punch to their stomachs, abdomens, or chests should bend at the knees to absorb the impact. Knee strikes can be used to defend yourself.
When attacked, a boxer should step back and deliver counter-attacks. This allows him to put distance between himself, his opponent, and the ring. Additionally, boxers need to maintain their balance when they counter-attack.
In order to box effectively, a boxer needs to establish a stance. The way he defends him will be dictated by his stance. It determines his position and the direction he will face. There are many positions that boxers can adopt. Here are the most commonly used ones:
- A low stance
- High stance
- Southpaw stance
- Western stance
The Body Movement
Boxers must maneuver around their opponent to win fights. This involves changing positions, speed, rhythm and timing.
Rotating his arm to increase the puncher’s reach is a key part of boxing. You can rotate at different speeds depending upon the punch.
The effectiveness of a combination depends on the timing of each individual punch. A combination is good if it starts with a strong punch then ends with a weaker one.
Sparring is a form of boxing that aims to improve your skills. A sparring session is where a boxer trains both his mind and his body. Sparring, in conclusion, is about learning how to fight and not getting hurt.
Learning to box takes dedication and patience. To be a better boxer you need to train hard.