Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk and manager Egis Klimas had boxing fans worried with tweets posted on Friday night.
The heavyweight champion’s representatives appeared to cast doubt on the Tyson Fury undisputed fight, which is currently hanging in the balance.
Just over a week ago, the showdown looked very unlikely to materialise as the two boxers’ teams struggled to reach an agreement.
However, Fury then made a shock public offer of a 70/30 purse split in his favour, which Usyk unexpectedly accepted despite previously desiring a 50/50 deal.
With financial terms agreed, Fury and Usyk’s reps began work to finalise the contracts.
However, a week has now passed and this is still not yet done.
Usyk’s team have said publicly that they are not confident the fight will happen as they doubt Fury’s intentions.
But Fury’s UK co-promoter Frank Warren has insisted it will get over the line.
On Friday evening, Usyk’s camp came out with further worrying comments.
Krassyuk issued a cryptic tweet which read: “Much ado about nothing… The rat race and monkey business.”
While Klimas gave an update revealing they were in the process of hiring British advisers to process demands from Fury’s camp.
He then tweeted: “The deeper we go the more chance to pull out the plug. Sorry to our fans!”
In his full comments, Krassyuk told boxing journalist Steve Kim: “They’re still treating Oleksandr Usyk like they did with Derek Chisora, or Dillian Whyte.
They act like it’s just a regular Fury fight in the UK, and everything has to be by Fury’s rules.’
“We’re going to wait [and not issue a deadline] because right now we’re in the process of hiring British counsel because they are going by the British rules.
“We are the outsider, but we can’t just play by everything they throw to us. Enough is enough…
“If this fight is going to happen, only April 29th. Or it’s just going to be cancelled, and we’ll go with the mandatory.”
However, Usyk himself delivered a more promising update on Saturday.
He wrote on Twitter: “The points for agreement were sent to Fury’s side. The deadline is set. The clock is ticking. The ball is on #Greedybelly’s side now. We did everything in our power to make it happen @Tyson_Fury.”
The WBA, meanwhile, have set a deadline of 1 April. Contracts for the undisputed fight must be signed by then, or Usyk will be ordered to defend vs WBA mandatory Daniel Dubois.