Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk to Unify Heavyweight Titles in Blockbuster Bout in Saudi Arabia

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk to Unify Heavyweight Titles in Blockbuster Bout in Saudi Arabia

Byron Pillay
updated at September 29, 2023 at 6:28 PM
  • Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will face off in December in Saudi Arabia to unify the belts
  • Fury will fight Francis Ngannou in October before turning his attention to the Ukrainian
  • Deontay Wilder and Joshua Wilder will no longer face each other in Saudi Arabia in December

It’s official: Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will finally face off.

The two fighters were previously in talks to fight to unify the heavyweight titles, but talks broke down.

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will finally face off to unify the world heavyweight titles. Image: Julian Finney/ Francois Nel.
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As noted by Marca, the British and Ukrainian boxers have now reached an agreement for a unification fight.

Fury is the current WBC title holder, while Usyk is the WBA, WBO and IBF champion.

The bout will take place in Saudi Arabia, but a venue and date are yet to be finalised. Fans will be pleased to know that the deal has been agreed, though, especially after so many failed negotiations.

Promoter Frank Warren, who has long since pushed for the fight, is relieved that the deal has been signed.

"Delighted to finally get this fight signed. This is the biggest fight that could possibly be made in our sport. The heavyweights always spark the imagination of the fans, and I have no doubt this will be the biggest boxing event of the century," he said.

Wilder and Joshua won’t go ahead

The original plan for a Fury and Usyk bout was to have it in Saudi Arabia on the same night Deontay Wilder fought Anthony Joshua.

The idea was to have four of the sport’s most popular heavyweights face off the same night. As noted by Sky Sports, the Wilder and Joshua bout will not take place this year.

Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that negotiations for the fight had fizzled out, and they were now looking for a new venue for a potential clash in February or March 2024.

Fury/ Usyk bout called off

The blockbuster fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will no longer go ahead.

The two heavyweights were scheduled to meet in April to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion.

Sports Brief reported that the fight has now been called off, with Usyk's side confirming that they pulled the plug on the fight after more unrealistic demands from Fury's side.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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