In a battle for heavyweight supremacy, boxing stars Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk are gearing up for not just one, but two highly anticipated fights. The deal for the undisputed heavyweight championship fight, scheduled to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, comes with a two-way rematch clause.
Sources have revealed that the loser of the matchup will have the option to trigger a return bout. With the tentative date set for December 23, the first Fury vs. Usyk clash could potentially spill over into January depending on the outcome of Fury’s upcoming fight against former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou on October 28 in Riyadh.0
Turki Alalshikh, chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, has declared the upcoming Fury-Usyk fight as “the biggest fight in boxing.” The anticipation surrounding this epic showdown is palpable as both fighters bring their respective titles to the ring. Fury, considered one of boxing’s top stars, will defend his WBC belt, while Usyk puts his WBA, WBO, and IBF titles on the line.
While both fighters aim to unify the heavyweight titles, the complexities of the boxing landscape present a challenge. As per obligations with four different sanctioning bodies, it is difficult for any boxer to hold all four titles simultaneously. A rotation system for unified champions and the IBF is set to follow Usyk’s WBA mandatory defense. Usyk successfully defended his title with a ninth-round knockout of Daniel Dubois in August.
In a recent letter to all parties involved, the IBF stipulated that the winner of the Fury-Usyk fight must make a mandatory defense without any intervening bouts. However, if an immediate rematch takes place, the IBF title will not be on the line. In such a scenario, Croatia’s Filip Hrgovic, ESPN’s No. 7 heavyweight, will fight the next available contender for the vacant IBF title.
Filip Hrgovic, an Olympic bronze medalist, expressed disappointment at the delay but remains determined to win the heavyweight title. Hrgovic, coming off a 12th-round TKO victory over Demsey McKean in August, is ESPN’s No. 7 heavyweight. He is eager to fight for the heavyweight championship early next year, whether against Usyk or Fury. With his career-best win against Zhilei Zhang in Saudi Arabia last year, Hrgovic’s rise in the rankings has been remarkable.
As Hrgovic approaches free agency, his team, including Wasserman Boxing and Eddie Hearn, will map out his future plans. The 31-year-old Croatian is excited about his prospects and eyes a shot at the heavyweight title in 2024. Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua, whom Usyk defeated twice for three heavyweight titles, looms as the next-available contender in the IBF rankings after Hrgovic.
With the highly anticipated, Fury vs. Usyk showdown on the horizon, the world of boxing eagerly awaits this epic battle for the heavyweight division supremacy. As both fighters prepare to step into the ring, the stakes are high, and the excitement is palpable. Will Fury defend his WBC belt, or will Usyk add another victory to his impressive record? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: this clash of titans will be a spectacle to remember in the history of boxing.
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