Boxing: Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk Undisputed Heavyweight Fight Rescheduled

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The boxing world received good news on Saturday when the undisputed world heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk got a new date within 24 hours of it being postponed. Fury and Usyk were originally set to meet in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on February 17, however, this date was scrapped on Friday after Fury picked up a deep cut in sparring, which would keep him out of the ring for several weeks.

The Briton is the WBC champion while Ukraine’s Usyk, 37, holds the WBA, WBO and IBF titles. Usyk wished Fury a speedy recovery and said he was “ready to fight for undisputed any time, anywhere.” The Ukrainian had been in talks to fight Croatia’s Filip Hrgovic as a replacement for Fury on the February date. Hrgovic is the mandatory challenger to Usyk’s IBF belt, and there were fears he could be stripped of that title if Fury was sidelined for several months. But in a fast-moving 24 hours, Saudi Arabian organisers and Team Fury moved quickly to secure a new date for the undisputed bout.

Now, a new date has been announced with the contest now holding on May 18, but there is a twist. While announcing the news, the Chairman of the General Authority for Entertainment in Saudi Arabia, Turki Alalshikh, revealed that either fighter will be hit with a large financial penalty if they pull out of the rearranged contest. “I have guarantees from both of the fighters, $10 million if someone escapes from the fight,” Alalshikh said.

When Fury and Usyk meet later this year, history will be made with the winner becoming the first fighter to hold all the world heavyweight titles in the four-belt era. There has not been an undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield in 1999.

It has also been announced that Dmitry Bivol and Artur Beterbiev will fight June 1, 2024 in a light-heavyweight undisputed fight between two undefeated champions. Bivol holds the WBA (Super) title while Beterbiev has the WBO, IBF and WBC belts. The Russians will headline Matchroom’s five-versus-five card against Queensberry Promotions where five of Eddie Hearn’s best fighters will fight five of Frank Warren’s best. It continues Saudi Arabia’s massive spending in the sport of boxing with Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou the next major event set to take place in the kingdom on 9 March.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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