TYSON FURY has been warned his legacy will be tarnished if he doesn't share the ring with Oleksandr Usyk.
The pair were on course to throw down for all the heavyweight marbles this spring before negotiations went south and Team Usyk pulled the plug on the historic bout after Fury's constant demands.
Fans, fighters and pundits alike lamented the collapse of the first undisputed heavyweight fight in nearly 25 years – which Usyk promoter Alexander Krassyuk insists is imperative for Fury's legacy in the sport.
The Ukrainian told BT Sport: “I would love to see it as a boxing fan.
"As Usyk’s promoter, I would love to make it happen.
"As just a normal Ukrainian I would love my compatriot to become the undisputed champion in the second weight division.
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"From our side, it’s only plus, plus, plus.”
Fury's constant moving of the goalposts during the ill-fated negotiations didn't come as a surprise to Team Usyk.
Krassyuk said: “We know that Tyson Fury is a complex personality and it’s probably not a surprise for anyone.
"And we can see it on his behaviour within the last probably seven or ten years.
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"Yes, he is the champion. Yes, he has the right to do things that he wants to do.
"But at the end of the day, he is a professional boxer, and his main assignment is to perform for the boxing fans."
Fury, 34, hasn't entertained the prospect of fighting Usyk since their fight fell through.
And Krassyuk reckons history won't be kind to The Gyspy King if the fight doesn't materialise.
He said: "I think if this fight does not take place, that would be one of the biggest mistakes that Tyson Fury could ever make in [a] professional boxing career.”
WBC heavyweight king Fury is currently eying a July return to the ring having reserved Wembley Stadium for two separate dates.
Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr is understood to be in the running to face Fury in the July joust.
And The Destroyer seemingly hinted the bout is a done deal by sharing a recent Instagram post which claimed the fight is "official" to his story.
That came a few days after the 33-year-old sent a warning to Fury and the rest of the heavyweight division.
He said: "We all risk our lives in there to f***ing feed our loved ones.
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"Hell of a fight. Can’t wait, man, till I fight f***ing Wilder, Fury, everybody.
"All the people at the top. I’m coming.”
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