The planned heavyweight showdown between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk is now being targeted for April 29th, according to ESPN’s Mike Coppinger.

A contest between the pair will crown the sport’s first undisputed heavyweight champion in over two decades since Lennox Lewis outpointed Evander Holyfield in 1999.

Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum told talkSPORT last week that the fight with Usyk was being planned for ‘late March or early April’.

ESPN’s Mike Coppinger provided the update via his Twitter on Wednesday evening.

Saudi Arabia is the most likely destination, however the country’s observation of Ramadan may delay the bout until the end of the month.

Both fighters are reportedly negotiating their purses separately with Saudi Arabia.

Coppinger says Usyk has agreed his side but Fury is yet to agree his.

Wembley Stadium in London also remains an option if a deal cannot be reached to hold the bout in the Middle East.

Usyk claimed the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles with a unanimous decision victory over Britain’s Anthony Joshua in September 2021.

Usyk (right) successfully defended his unified heavyweight titles in an August 2022 rematch with Joshua (left). Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

The Ukrainian has since defended them in a rematch versus Joshua via split-decision at the Jeddah Arena in Saudi Arabia.

Fury meanwhile halted Deontay Wilder in their rematch inside seven rounds to become WBC heavyweight champion in February 2020.

The 34-year-old defended the title with an eleventh-round knockout of Wilder in a trilogy bout before halting fellow Brits Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora in London last year.

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