Although there has been no official announcement yet, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk have already committed face-to-face to finally unify their heavyweight titles.
After defeating MMA star Francis Ngannou by a split decision verdict on Saturday, 28th October in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, WBC heavyweight champion Fury came face to face against Oleksandr Usyk- the unified WBA, WBO, and IBF titlist, who watched the fight from the first row and entered the ring at the end.
After the post-fight interviews were over, Usyk stepped into the ring to get face to face with “The Gypsy King” for the first time, and the two, then and there, committed to lock horns in December to unify their belts.
“Let’s go!” said Fury to Usyk, who responded the same, “Let’s go.”
“I’m going to be fighting him, amazing,” the Ukrainian added.
“Let’s go now if you want,” Fury continued.
“It’ll be our next fight guaranteed.”
After the direct confrontation and exchange of statements, they went face to face again, and this time, Fury and Usyk sealed their agreement with a handshake.
Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk remains to be one of the most anticipated boxing matches of this generation. The two parties had come to negotiations in the past but failed to reach an agreement.
Prior to the Ngannou fight, Fury had claimed that the date to fight Usyk had already been set for 23rd December in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
“I think everyone’s been told what date it is,” Fury told IFL TV on Tuesday. “Well, there have been [talks] about the 23rd of December. The 23rd of December is what I’ve been told, led to believe. So yeah, I’ve got no reason to disbelieve that.”
Usyk, on the same notion, said that while he acknowledges the demand for the fight, its only Fury who had mentioned the date.
“The whole world wants this fight,” Usyk said. “He sounds ready for Dec. 23, but he was the only one who said as much.”