Heavyweight pair in world title clash

Heavyweight pair in world title clash

A heavyweight showdown has been confirmed after Christian fighter Oleksandr Usyk (pictured above, main photo) and Briton Tyson Fury (inset) agreed to a unification fight later this month.

The two boxers will fight to unify the top weight division’s WBC, WBO, IBF and WBA belts in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on February 17.

Fury had to delay a provisional date for the clash last month after a supposed routine win against Francis Ngannou – who was in his first professional match – ended with the bout going the distance and the ‘Gypsy King’ being floored before claiming a controversial points decision.

Usyk has long wanted the match-up with Fury. The Ukrainian, speaking after defeating Anthony Joshua for the second time, said: “Only God knows whether I will or not” when asked if he could unify the top weight division.

Usyk outclassed former world champ Joshua in their Saudi Arabia rematch in 2022, after doing the same in their London fight in 2021, despite “AJ” being much heavier.  

WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO champion Usyk said: “I want (to) thank everyone who prayed for me. I want to thank God for the help that he gave me today because he did give me a lot. My Lord is Jesus Christ.”


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