Tyson Fury will face off against Oleksandr Usyk in what is set to be an electrifying undisputed heavyweight title fight. However, the eagerly awaited showdown has been postponed, with the battle now scheduled to take place in February instead of December, as reported by ESPN. The report did not provide a specific date, but the fight is still expected to happen in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The announcement of the Fury vs. Usyk clash initially came before Fury’s non-title fight against Francis Ngannou, which took place this past Saturday. Originally scheduled for December 23, this plan was derailed when Ngannou put up a tougher fight than anticipated, resulting in a split decision victory. Fury faced cuts in the fight and was even knocked down, further delaying his return to the ring.
Fury, the current WBC heavyweight titleholder, received permission from the WBC to engage in a 10-round, non-title fight with Ngannou. Known for his outspoken nature, the Englishman last defended his WBC title in December 2022 when he defeated Derek Chisora in Round 10. Fury claimed the WBC title back in 2020, defeating Deontay Wilder, and has successfully defended it three times since.
On the other hand, Usyk’s most recent fight was in August, where he defended his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles with a knockout victory over Daniel Dubois. Prior to that, he secured two decision wins against English star Anthony Joshua.
The Fury vs. Usyk showdown is considered the most significant fight in the heavyweight division, as both fighters have emerged as the best in their class. Fans and pundits alike have eagerly anticipated this clash for the past couple of years.
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