It took a long time but the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis will be crowned on February 17. Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will clash in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with the goal of finally trading punches instead of words.
It was supposed to take place in December, but the contest had to move dates after Fury fought former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in October. Thought to be an easy fight, Fury was dropped by the boxing novice in the third round and sustained a black eye. Fury won the contest, but the chances of a fight against Usyk happening eight weeks later were slim.
“The Gypsy King” is the lineal champion and has held the WBC heavyweight title since beating Deontay Wilder in 2020. He has teased retirement while calling Usyk out with strict, and often impossible, deadlines. Given a proper amount of time to prepare, Fury is ready to prove he is the true king of the division.
“Usyk, you can run, but The Gypsy King is coming to get you. This is my era, and your time is up. Your undefeated record and your belts, they will be mine!” Fury said.
“Thank you to His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and His Excellency Turki Alalshikh for bringing this undisputed title fight to the beautiful Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I had an amazing time here when I fought Ngannou, and I am ready to do it again. This time, The Gypsy King will return to England as the undisputed heavyweight king.”
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Usyk looks to join Claressa Shields and Terence Crawford as fighters who became undisputed in two divisions. The former cruiserweight king, Usyk was dominant against Anthony Joshua to become the unified heavyweight champion. The Ukrainian southpaw has waited patiently for this fight and is ready to return to his homeland with more gold around his waist.
“I have no goal,” said Usyk. “Only the way. And my way is ‘The Undisputed.’ That is why this was the only fight for me. When that bell rings, I will bring the fire.”
How much are you required to pay to watch Fury vs. Usyk in person? The Sporting News looks into tickets, airfare, and hotel bookings.
Ticket prices are not yet available for this fight. The fight takes place at Kingdom Arena. Stay tuned as more information is released.
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Depending on how long you go and where you are traveling from, there are various options when flying into Riyadh. In this case, The Sporting News chose February 14 to 18 via Expedia.
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The Sporting News used the dates February 14-18 via Expedia for results on the various hotels close to Riyadh (prices in U.S. dollars).