British heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Ukrainian champion Oleksandr Usyk have formally inked a contract, solidifying their upcoming showdown in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The official announcement came on September 29, 2023, with the fight slated for December 23 or potentially moved to early next year.
Usyk, aged 36, holds the titles for WBA, WBO, and IBF, while the 35-year-old Fury is the current WBC champion. This bout in Saudi Arabia will determine the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the four-belt era, a feat not achieved since Lennox Lewis defended the WBA, WBC, and IBF championships against Evander Holyfield in 1999.
However, before facing Usyk, Fury must navigate a non-title match against Francis Ngannou on October 28 in Riyadh. Usyk, undefeated in all 21 of his professional fights, recently defended his belts against Daniel Dubois in August.
Fury, with 33 wins out of 34 fights since turning professional in 2008 and only one draw is gearing up for what has been described as the most significant fight in the sport. Frank Warren, the promoter overseeing Fury’s career, expressed his excitement about the signed deal, emphasizing the monumental nature of the event. He stated, “Delighted to finally get this fight signed. This is the biggest fight that could be made in our sport. The heavyweights always capture the fans’ imagination, and I have no doubt this will be the most significant boxing event of the century.”