Tyson Fury is set to lock horns with Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed titles on February 17. Heavyweight world champions Fury and Usyk were scheduled to fight in Saudi Arabia on December 23 and that was decided before Fury was dropped by Francis Ngannou last month.
It has been noted that Tyson Fury recovered to outpoint the former UFC champion but his team insisted he would not return to the ring two days before Christmas – despite signing a contract to that effect. Fury is undefeated with 34 victories since turning professional in 2008.
After Usyk changed his mind and agreed to move the fight and the competitors squared off to determine who would become the division’s undisputed champion for the first time since Lennox Lewis in 1999. Additionally, the two have decided to fight again in the summer, but it has to happen by the end of June.
It was anticipated that Fury would have an easy night. Ngannou was 37 years old. However, the Cameroonian knocked Fury down in the third round only to be denied victory.
Usyk, meanwhile, will fight for the first time since stopping Daniel Dubois in Poland in August. He won his three belts from Anthony Joshua in London in 2021 before defending them in their rematch a year later.
It was announced on Wednesday that a supercard involving former heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder will instead take place in Saudi Arabia on December 23. Joshua will face southpaw Otto Wallin, who is expected to face Wilder at a later date in 2024 if both are victorious in Riyadh.