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Oleksandr Usyk vs Tyson Fury is “good for the ecosystem of boxing” says rival promoter

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk

Eddie Hearn has praised Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) and Oleksandr Usyk 21-0 (14) for coming to terms to fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world.

It was announced over the weekend that WBC titleholder Fury, 35, would face WBA, WBO and IBF champion Usyk, 36, in a rare four belt unification bout in Saudi Arabia on a date to be advised.

“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.”

Hearn, who promotes Fury’s rival Anthony Joshua 26-3 (23), says he is pleased the fight has finally been made after years of failed negotiations. He is currently trying to secure a fight for Joshua with former WBC champion Deontay Wilder 43-2-1 (42).

“It’s good for the ecosystem of boxing because the first thing I think about is, ‘Right, I’ve got to make Joshua-Wilder, I’ve got to make Benn-Eubank’,” the Matchroom Boxing boss said to iFL TV. “It just keeps everything competitive and it makes other countries competitive as well, to bring big fights there.

“We need those fights. I don’t look at it, ‘Oh, I’m gutted that they made that fight.’ I look at it and go, ‘Great, it’s going to make other countries that we’re talking to for me to say, ‘C’mon, you wanna be a player? C’mon, let’s make this fight.’

“Ever since the fight was announced last night we’ve had two or three conversations with people we’re talking to saying, ‘Oh, we want to get involved now.’ It’s great, like I said, for the ecosystem of boxing. I have no envy at all. My life don’t operate like that, honestly. Maybe when I was 23, 24. I’ve always said [Fury-Usyk] should’ve happened by now and hopefully it does happen.

“It makes me want to make Benn-Eubank in the UK a little bit more because I worry Usyk against Fury in Saudi Arabia and Benn-Eubank in Abu Dhabi and Joshua-Wilder in Qatar or Las Vegas, it’s not great for British boxing. You know what I mean?

“Obviously we’re going where the money is, that’s what the fighters wants, but hopefully we can bring one of those fights to the UK. Otherwise, there’s not gonna be the massive fight in the UK we can bring.”