Oleksandr Usyk hopeful of February date for Tyson Fury fight amid delay
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Oleksandr Usyk hopeful of February date for Tyson Fury fight amid delay

Nov 9, 2023

Oleksandr Usyk insists he is hoping to face Tyson Fury for their undisputed heavyweight world title fight in February.

The Ukrainian was looking set to fight the ‘Gypsy King’ in December, with the bout due to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

One of the biggest fights in the history of boxing looks set for February

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One of the biggest fights in the history of boxing looks set for FebruaryCredit: Getty

However, Fury unexpectedly struggled during his clash against MMA icon Francis Ngannou, who was making his boxing debut, at the end of October.

He was knocked down in round three and found himself hurt in round eight too, with his win coming via a controversial split decision.

talkSPORT reported last week that Fury’s fight with Usyk is now set to be planned for February 2024.

Despite the two-month delay, the latter seems more than happy with such a date as he told Reuters: “It could be February and I would very much like it to be February.

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Usyk seems ready and raring to go against the Gypsy King

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Usyk seems ready and raring to go against the Gypsy KingCredit: Piotr Duszczyk/Top Rank

“I was ready to fight on the 23rd but since Fury got some injuries in the last fight, a knockdown, then probably it will be postponed to next year.”

Whoever wins the fight will become the first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999 when he defeated Evander Holyfield.

There is so much on the line but even though Usyk will fight latter than planned, he will take the delay in his stride.

Usyk said: “I’ll just do more technical work. Technically, nothing changes. I just have a little more time for some additional tasks, and that’s it.

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“I don’t think about Tyson Fury at all… I think about myself, about my team, about my family. I don’t need to think about my opponent. I just need to be with him, fight and that’s it.”

Usyk last fought in August when he beat Daniel Dubois by KO in the ninth round, taking his professional boxing record to 21-0.

Contracts for his fight against Fury were finally signed in September, with the duo previously engaging in plenty of trash talk.

Fury’s promoter Frank Warren describes the bout as the ‘biggest fight that could possibly be made in our sport’.


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