What we know so far about Tyson Fury’s fight with Oleksandr Usyk following Francis Ngannou win
Bring it on!
Tyson Fury’s hugely controversial crossover victory over Francis Ngannou on Saturday night has seen attention start to turn towards a blockbuster clash with Oleksandr Usyk.
This is despite the punishing split-decision win in the non-title fight in Riyadh, which saw the WBC champion crash to the canvas in round three, raising significant doubts over Fury’s suitability for an upcoming clash with Usyk.
The fight, which would see the crowning of the first ever undisputed heavyweight champion in the four-belt era, was agreed back in September following almost a year of negotiations.
However, the date for the fight, which has been pencilled in for December 23, is now up in the air with the 35 year-old needing to be assessed before he returns to the ring.
So, what date could Fury’s next fight with Usyk be held on and where could it take place?
Here is everything you need to know.
When could Fury vs Usyk take place?
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren believes the December showdown is now unlikely following the bruising encounter with Ngannou.
‘We were going to do it on 23 December. I doubt that will happen now,’ Warren told the BBC.
‘Tyson can’t be going into a camp after a tough fight like that. That’s eight weeks away.’
‘He needs at least a bit of time to get himself, his body, back into shape. Let it heal. Then get into a camp. It will be on early next year.’
However, Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk has said the bout will go ahead as expected.
Speaking about Fury’s win over Ngannou and the possibility of a clash with the Ukrainian, Krassyuk said: ‘Everyone, including Usyk, did not give much chance to Ngannou. But the man has shocked the world.
‘Fury underestimated his opponent. Arrogance, lack of discipline, and thirst for money lead to these kind of circumstances.
‘But we have December 23 inked and Fury cannot escape that.’
Fury and Usyk addressed each other directly in the ring in the aftermath of the Ngannou fight, with Fury saying of their proposed meeting: ‘It’ll be our next fight, guaranteed. I’m going to go home, take a long, hard rest and we’ll see what’s next.’
To which Usyk added: ‘I’m going to be fighting him, amazing.’
Where could Fury vs Usyk be held?
Fury vs Usyk would be part of the ‘Riyadh Season’, which is an entertainment events festival which has been staged in the Saudi Arabian capital every winter since 2019.
‘Riyadh Season finishes in March, so [Fury vs Usyk] could take place up until March,’ Warren added.
Fury’s fight with Ngannou was also part of the ‘Riyadh Season’, with the Saudi government paying big bucks to ensure the event was staged in the country.
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