Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk confirmed and boxing will have undisputed heavyweight champion for first time since Lennox Lewis
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Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk confirmed and boxing will have undisputed heavyweight champion for first time since Lennox Lewis

Nov 17, 2023

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will fight for the undisputed heavyweight world titles on February 17 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Following Fury’s tougher-than-expected victory over Francis Ngannou last month, the long-awaited showdown has now been officially announced.

Fury vs Usyk is finally happening with all four belts at stake

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Fury vs Usyk is finally happening with all four belts at stakeCredit: Getty

After months of failed negotiations and trash talk between the camps earlier this year, Usyk faced Daniel Dubois and Fury opted to take on Ngannou.

Many saw this as a final nail in the coffin for the chances of Fury vs Usyk happening in 2023.

However, since the Ngannou fight was finalised a couple of months ago, talks have quietly resumed behind the scenes between the heavyweights’ teams and Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority.

It was only on Wednesday that a huge card in Riyadh was announced, which sees Anthony Joshua facing Otto Wallin, Deontay Wilder against Jospeh Parker and Dubois fighting Jarrell Miller.

The Saudis have been determined to stage an undisputed heavyweight world title fight for several years because it constitutes an incredibly rare, marquee event in sport.

In late September, it was confirmed that the fight was officially agreed and had been signed, with an announcement initially planned to take place immediately after Fury vs Ngannou.

However, the UFC star threw a spanner in the works by giving the Gypsy King a far tougher night than expected and forcing organisers to push the fight back from its proposed date of December 23.

It will now take place on February 17 instead.

Fury is the WBC heavyweight world champion

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Fury is the WBC heavyweight world championCredit: Getty
Usyk is the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world champion

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Usyk is the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world championCredit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom

Lennox Lewis was boxing’s last undisputed heavyweight world champion – back in the days when the WBO belt was lesser regarded.

He unified the WBA, WBC and IBF world titles by beating Evander Holyfield in 1999.

Eddie Hearn claims Tyson Fury was ‘petrified’ against Francis Ngannou and even admits he was wrong to underestimate the UFC Champion

This was at a time when the WBO has not respected as a true world title.

Now, in the four-belt era of modern boxing, an undisputed king will be crowned again.

Fury will stake his WBC belt, while Usyk will put his WBA, IBF and WBO on the line.

The winner will emerge with all four world titles as undisputed heavyweight world champion.

Fury v Usyk: Betting Odds

Tyson Fury is currently 8/15 on to secure a victory. For Usyk to become the undisputed champion you can get odds of 6/4.

For the fight to be a draw the odds are 16/1

Full odds for the fight can be found here: Boxing Betting Odds.

*Odds correct of 17/11/2023

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