Oleksandr USYK seemed at ease on the snow-covered beach today, despite watching a potentially undisputed heavyweight fight disappear.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has claimed that Tyson Fury has pulled out of the fight against Usyk for all belts.
After defeating British Superstars for WBA, IBF and WBO belts in September, Usyk is currently signed to rematch with AJ.
But Middle Eastern supporters were leading the negotiations for the Ukrainian instead facing WBC champion Fury in a historic four-belt unification.
For that to happen, 32-year-old Joshua and 33-year-old WBC Mandatory challenger Dillian White would need to receive a fee, which is believed to be £15m and £5m.
And Hearn acknowledged that he was ready to listen to AJ’s offers, but would also need a guarantee of fighting the winner between Fury, 33, and Usyak, 35.
But the promoter has now claimed that the Gypsy King will next take on ‘Never Wanted’ Usyk and will instead face No. 1 contender White.
The fury has been outspoken on social media of late, even labeling Usyak as a ‘p***y’.
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Ukrainian manager Egis Klimas slammed the Gypsy King today as his man lay on a rocky, cold beach.
Klimas wrote on Twitter: “Before next time you will refer @usykaa name check with your team, management, consultants, promoters who have agreed to all terms and conditions.
“Looks like you’re the one who’s holding this wagon screaming and it’s cheap to talk
But Usyk was less upset as he did some snow angels on the beach.