Frank Warren has savaged Tony Bellew for his criticism of Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk’s purse split.
A historic unification bout between the two heavyweights is set to go ahead after Usyk accepted a 70/30 split for a fight earmarked for April 29.
Months of drawn-out negotiations between Fury’s promoter Warren and his opposite number Alex Krassyuk appear to have reached a conclusion, but not everyone is happy with how it’s been settled.
Former WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew was among those critical of Fury taking more than twice the money of Usyk, saying: “Do you think 70/30’s fair when a man’s got three belts and you have one?”
Bellew added: “I don’t doubt [Fury’s star power] that for a second, he is the lead name, but 70/30’s taking the p***. 60/40 would have been fair.”
When that criticism was put to Warren on iFL TV, he said: “That’s what we secured for him, that’s the deal.
“What do I care what Tony Bellew says? He’s always got something to say about everything.
“Remember, Tyson only fights, correct me if I’m wrong, once every 182 days of the year, so he’s entitled to get paid. It would be alright if he was out twice a year.
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“Who cares what Tony Bell*** thinks? I mean who gives a toss, it’s insignificant.
“These guys are the best, they’re hall of famers, these are great fighters, who gives a monkey’s what he says? You mean to say if it was him there he wouldn’t want the lion’s share? Do me a favour.”
Warren also passed comment on talkSPORT host Simon Jordan, who seemed to suggest that Fury’s side were holding up negotiations.
Responding to reports of a rematch clause putting the fight at risk, the former Crystal Palace owner said: “I don’t know what the purpose of this [latest demand] is. I’m sure Frank is sitting there pulling his hair out.”
A sweary back-and-forth then took place between Fury and Jordan, with Warren now clarifying that his side were upset at suggestions they were trying to get out of the fight.
He explained: “I think the thing with Simon is because everybody keeps saying that he’s [Fury] been holding it up.
“I was listening to some of the stuff over the last few days that was as if we were trying to wriggle out of the fight and that’s never been the case and I think Simon’s now acknowledged that and does acknowledge that and that’s where we are.
“We do a lot of shows with talkSPORT as broadcasters and they’re obviously broadcasting this event but it’s not easy to make these fights, people think you just show up and it’s done.”