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On Friday, a deal was reached between heavyweight champions Fury and Oleksandr Usyk to combat in a extremely anticipated boxing showdown for the undisputed title at Kingdom Enviornment in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Queensberry Promotions mentioned in a information launch that the date of the bout and different particulars can be introduced “in the end,” though ESPN reported the event could take place as early as Dec. 23.
The announcement was made one month earlier than Fury is about to combat former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou on October 28, additionally in Riyadh. The truth that Fury would signal on for one more combat earlier than getting into the ring with Ngannou sends a message about how simply Fury expects to care for enterprise in opposition to Ngannou.
Ngannou has different plans, nonetheless.
“I don’t know what’s the minimal medical suspension in boxing however I actually don’t perceive how Tyson can combat in December after what’s going to occur on (Oct. 28),” Ngannou posted on X.
Even when Ngannou, making his skilled boxing debut, pulled off the large upset, he wouldn’t be topped champion because the scheduled 10-round bout isn’t for Fury’s WBC title belt. In that unlikely situation, Fury may proceed along with his undisputed title combat in opposition to Usyk, though it certainly would lose lots of its luster.
A showdown between Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) and IBF, WBA and WBO titleholder Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs) appeared set to occur again on April 29. Nevertheless, the reserving fell aside when the 2 sides couldn’t conform to a handbag cut up on a projected rematch.
Usyk, who was coming off back-to-back victories over Anthony Joshua, moved on from Fury and defended his belts in opposition to Daniel Dubois on Aug. 26, stopping him within the ninth spherical.