Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk world title fight pushed back to early next year

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  • Blockbuster in Saudi Arabia had been due on 23 December
  • Fury’s tough bout with Ngannou forces postponement

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will fight for the undisputed world heavyweight championship in Saudi Arabia early next year, Frank Warren, Fury’s promotor, has confirmed.

The fight had been scheduled to take place on 23 December but Fury’s unexpectedly difficult bout with Francis Ngannou last weekend forced a postponement. There had been genuine concern that the IBF, one of the four main sanctioning bodies, would refuse to ratify the fight and insist that Usyk, as their champion, face the mandatory contender instead of Fury. But Warren said on Thursday that the IBF had agreed to the delay, on the proviso that it takes place no later than mid-March.

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Written by Donald McRae
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/nov/02/tyson-fury-v-oleksandr-usyk-world-title-fight-pushed-back-to-early-next-year under the title “Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk world title fight pushed back to early next year”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.