Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk To Determine The Undisputed Heavyweight Champion in February
The highly anticipated boxing showdown between Tyson Fury (34-0-1, 24 Kos) and Oleksandr Usyk (21-0, 14 Kos) is now officially set for February 17th, 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This historic clash of heavyweight titans promises to be a monumental event in the sweet science. Bukmeker Mostbet considers the Briton to be the favorite of the fight, with odds on Tyson’s victory at 1.60, while the Ukrainian’s triumph is estimated at 2.50. At the same time, Usyk’s victory will not come as a surprise, as his technical skills are known to everyone in the boxing world.
Tyson Fury was not ready
Originally, the battle for the undisputed heavyweight championship was slated for December 23rd. However, Fury’s gritty split decision victory over former UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou this past weekend led to a postponement. The back-and-forth brawl saw Fury have to overcome adversity. He survived a third round knockdown and fought through a nasty cut over his left eye. This tougher than expected bout for Fury surprised many in boxing and hinted at the drama he can produce in any match.
For Usyk, who watched ringside, the story was different. As the holder of the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight belts, he was eager to see Fury come through the Ngannou fight unscathed. Their showdown had already been signed and Usyk wanted no delays. Breaking with tradition, he shouted words of encouragement to his future foe, pushing Fury to dig deep and emerge victorious. “It was all words of encouragement, especially looking forward to the next fight. I wanted him to get through it so we can finally have our own fight”, – Usyk recently stated.
With the contract already signed, Oleksandr Usyk wasted no time setting up their epic showdown. He entered the ring immediately after Fury’s hand was raised, boldly proposing a December 23rd date. Ever the showman, Fury countered with an offer to fight immediately, if Usyk dared. Their back-and-forth underscored the growing anticipation for their championship battle.
The battle for heritage
Fury, the charismatic and towering WBC title holder, is no stranger to heavyweight glory. He famously shocked Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, wresting away three heavyweight belts. Usyk, an Olympic gold medalist and former undisputed cruiserweight king, has also etched his name in boxing lore. Since conquering Anthony Joshua in back-to-back fights in 2021, he now looks to become undisputed heavyweight champion.
Fireworks are expected when Fury’s elusive boxing skills collide with Usyk’s technical precision. Beyond titles, the winner may cement their legacy as an all-time great. Financial stakes are monumental as well, with a two-fight deal promising massive international events and record paydays. When the opening bell finally sounds in Riyadh, Fury versus Usyk may prove the most meaningful heavyweight title fight in decades.