Usyk's promoter is concerned about possible favoritism towards Fury

Promoter Alexander Krassyuk expressed his bemusement at a recent declaration by influential figure Turki Alalshikh, who stated that "British fighters were the best in the world" during a press conference in Morecambe last week. This statement arises as tension builds toward the Unified Heavyweight Championship fight scheduled on May 18 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Krassyuk, representing Ukrainian fighter Oleksandr Usyk, voiced concerns about potential favoritism towards British WBC World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury. He pointedly remarked, "His Excellency mentioned that British fighters were the best in the world, but he omitted the fact that the future undisputed heavyweight champion had a Ukrainian passport."

To alleviate concerns about impartiality in the upcoming bout between Usyk and Fury, Krassyuk assured that careful selections of match officials are underway. "It is his right to choose his favorite in the biggest fight of the century," he added. "We respect him a lot and trust that this boxing match will be contested at the highest level of integrity and sportsmanship."

In context, Usyk holds an undefeated record of 21-0 with 14 KOs, while Fury also boasts an impressive tally at 34-0-1 and 24 KOs. The imminent clash is not just a battle for titles but also represents differing national pride with keen interests from all sides.