Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk have officially signed for an undisputed world heavyweight championship bout to take place in Saudi Arabia.
ESPN’s Mike Coppinger earlier reported that Fury and Usyk have agreed on terms for the undisputed title fight. It is expected to take place on December 23 or some date in January 2024.
Within an hour, Queensberry Promotions, Fury’s promoter team, announced officially that both men have signed for the bout. Fury is set to defend his WBC heavyweight championship, while Usyk will put his IBF, WBO, and WBA heavyweight titles on the line in their upcoming clash. The fight will be promoted by Top Rank boxing, Queensberry Promotions, K2 Promotions and Usyk17 Promotions.
This will be the first undisputed heavyweight title fight of the 21st century. Also, the winner between Fury and Usyk will become the inaugural undisputed heavyweight champion in the era of the four-belt system.
Fury is presently on a 33-fight undefeated streak, having never tasted defeat in his professional career. He is scheduled to compete against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou on October 28 in a non-title bout. Fury’s last bout took place on December 12, 2022, where he secured a victory against Derek Chisora to retain WBC World Heavyweight Championship.
Usyk, a former undisputed Cruiserweight Champion, is currently on a 21-fight unbeaten streak in his career so far. In his most recent fight, he successfully defended his WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO & The Ring Magazine World Heavyweight Titles against Daniel Dubois.
Usyk won the unified titles from Anthony Joshua in September 2021 before retaining them successfully against him in August 2022.
The bout between Usyk and Fury is finally agreed on the third time of trying. The bout was first discussed before in January 2022 in what was reported to be $150 million fight. But, both Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, mandatory challengers for Usyk and Fury respectively, refused to step aside for the undisputed title bout to take place.
Both fighters came to an agreement in December to fight each other, but a deal could not be finalized between them and talks broke down in April 2023. Usyk was ordered to defend the titles against WBA mandatory Daniel Dubios.