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Undisputed era continues with Tyson Fury finally signing on to face Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk (left), Tyson Fury (right) with promoter Bob Arum in the middle. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBC heavyweight titleholder Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) and WBA, WBO, IBF and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk will meet in a four belt unification bout.

The fight will take place at the Kingdom Arena as part of this Riyadh Season and will be presented to fans around the world by The General Entertainment Authority of Saudi Arabia. An official date for the fight, which will be promoted by Queensberry Promotions, Top Rank, K2 and Usyk17, is yet to be confirmed.

Many fight fans had given up on the bout ever being made after repeated comments from Britain’s Fury, 35, that the 37-year-old Ukrainian southpaw had nothing to offer him.

Fury will prepare for the fight by facing former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in a 10-round non-title bout in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 28. The 37-year-old Cameroon-Frenchman will be making his boxing debut.

Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk is coming off a ninth-round knockout victory over WBA mandatory contender Daniel Dubois 19-2 (18) in August.

“This is the fight that everyone has wanted to see for some time and now it is finally happening – the world’s two heavyweight champions going into the ring against one another,” said Turki Alalshikh, chairman of The General Entertainment Authority and head of Riyadh Season.

“It is the biggest fight in boxing, the world will be watching, and we are so proud to be the hosts for this spectacle as part of the fourth edition of our Riyadh Season celebrations.

“We want to play our part and match the huge anticipation surrounding this fight by putting on the greatest fight experience for every visitor to Riyadh.”

“Delighted to finally get this fight signed,” said Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren of Queensberry Promotions. “This is the biggest fight that could possibly be made in our sport.

“The heavyweights always spark the imagination of the fans and I have no doubt this will be the biggest boxing event of the century. I look forward to Tyson reclaiming the three belts that he never lost in the ring. Huge thanks to His Excellency and the GEA.”

“Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk are the two greatest heavyweights of their generation and I can’t wait to see what happens when they step into the ring in Riyadh. They are special talents worthy of competing for the greatest prize in sports,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum.

“I would like to thank His Excellency Turki Alalshikh and everyone involved in helping make this legendary night a reality.”

“I can’t believe that it’s happening but it is,” said Alex Krassyuk of K2. “Difficult to express my admiration for being part of the biggest heavyweight fight of the century. Gratitude to the KSA and his excellency Turki Al-Sheikh for making it happen, respect to Tyson for his courage and thank the Lord for all he gives us.”

Spencer Brown, manager of Tyson Fury said: “I’m delighted Tyson has the chance to become the first undisputed world heavyweight champion of the four-belt era and prove he is one of the greats of all time.

“First, though, Tyson will have the chance to prove he is The Baddest Man on The Planet on October 28th. Thank you to His Excellency and the GEA, what a Riyadh Season this is going to be!”