Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk are not likely to square off this year after all. Fury, who edged Francis Ngannou this past weekend, and Usyk are now slated for early in 2024 according to reports.
Tyson Fury-Oleksandr Usyk Title Match Now Planned For 2024
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk are now expected to wait until 2024 for their heavyweight championship unification match.
According to a report by ESPN, the planned late-2023 bout is now expected to take place in February. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is still the expected site for the match.
Fury just got by Francis Ngannou this past weekend, pulling out a non-title fight decision win over the former UFC heavyweight champion. He had a face-off with Usyk after, but seemed to point towards next year for the fight.
The reigning WBC champion improved to 34-0-1 with the win, adding Ngannou’s name to a list that includes Dillian Whyte, Deontay Wilder and Wladimir Klitschko.
Usyk holds the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring titles, sporting a perfect record of 21-0. In August, he knocked out Daniel Dubois for another successful title defense.
Last year, he downed Anthony Joshua for a second time and has finished 14 of his 21 opponents.
Prior to agreeing to face Ngannou, Fury and his representatives were looking to secure a date with Usyk and his team for April of this year. The two would have collided from Wembley Stadium in London, but that fell through.