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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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