Boxing-Fury v Usyk heavyweight title fight scheduled for Feb 17 in Riyadh

  • Boxing
  • Friday, 17 Nov 2023

FILE PHOTO: Boxing - WBC World Heavyweight Title - Tyson Fury v Derek Chisora - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - December 3, 2022 Tyson Fury with Oleksandr Usyk after the fight Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/File Photo

LONDON, England (Reuters) -Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world in Riyadh on Feb. 17, organisers announced on Thursday.

Britain's Fury is the WBC world champion while Ukrainian Usyk holds the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts. Both have unbeaten records.

Contracts were signed in September for a proposed Dec 23 date, although that was never confirmed and slid after Fury's near defeat to former UFC champion Francis Ngannou in a non-title bout in Saudi Arabia on Oct 28.

Heavyweight boxing's last undisputed world champion was Britain's Lennox Lewis in 1999, but this time, four belts are up for grabs for the first time.

After the announcement, a tense confrontation occurred between the boxers during a press conference, resulting in their eventual separation.

"You're welcome to be sharing a ring with the future undisputed heavyweight champion - me," the 35-year-old Fury said.

"You know what's coming, you're getting smashed to pieces. You're fighting the best British heavyweight there's ever been."

Usyk, 36, responded that he did not listen to anything Fury says, focusing on the match.

"When the Lord gives me Tyson in my hands, I will do my job," he said.

Later, Usyk said that he saw the match as a chance to give back to all those who supported him.

"Its a big opportunity, (being) undisputed, for my family, country and people who now defend my country," he said.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, additional reporting by Tommy Lund; Editing by Julien Pretot)

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