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Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk: Both fighters to pay HEFTY 10m fine if they pull out again

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk. Photo credit: Sky Sports

The boxing world was eagerly awaiting the clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, the two men who hold all four major heavyweight titles. The fight was set to take place on February 17 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and would have crowned the first undisputed heavyweight champion in the four-belt era.

However, the bout was postponed after Fury suffered a cut above his right eye in sparring, requiring urgent medical attention and significant stitching. The injury was described as a “freak” accident by Fury’s promoters, who said they were “absolutely devastated” by the news.

Fury, who is the WBC champion, said he felt bad for everyone involved in the event and vowed to reschedule the fight as soon as possible. He also dismissed the claims of Usyk’s manager, who suggested that Fury was afraid of facing the Ukrainian and should retire.

Usyk, who holds the WBA, WBO and IBF belts, wished Fury a speedy recovery and said he was ready to fight for undisputed any time, anywhere. He also revealed that he had missed the birth of his baby daughter while training for the fight, adding to his frustration.

The fight has now been rescheduled for May 18, with both fighters agreeing to pay a hefty penalty of £9.3m if they pull out again. The stakes are high for both men, who have unbeaten records and impressive resumes.

Fury, 35, is widely regarded as one of the best heavyweights of his generation, having dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 and Deontay Wilder in 2020. He also fought to a controversial draw with Wilder in 2018 and beat former UFC champion Francis Ngannou on points in Riyadh in October.

Usyk, 37, is a former undisputed cruiserweight champion who moved up to heavyweight in 2019. He has beaten the likes of Tony Bellew, Murat Gassiev and Derek Chisora, and became the first man to stop Anthony Joshua in September, stunning the boxing world with a masterful performance.

The fight between Fury and Usyk is expected to be a thrilling and tactical affair, with both men possessing excellent skills, power and movement. The fans and the media are divided on who will emerge victorious, with some favouring Fury’s size and experience, and others backing Usyk’s speed and technique.

Whoever wins the fight will make history as the undisputed heavyweight champion and cement their legacy as one of the greatest boxers of all time. The fight will also generate huge interest and revenue, with Saudi Arabia reportedly paying a record-breaking $200m site fee to host the event.

The fight for the undisputed heavyweight crown is one of the most anticipated and significant bouts in boxing history. It is a shame that it had to be postponed, but hopefully it will be worth the wait. The boxing world is ready to witness the clash of the titans.