Ukrainian menace Oleksandr Usyk signing up with Saudi Arabian events management and sports promotion company Skill Challenge Entertainment, begs the question, will this help make the Fury fight happen?
The deal was announced on in Saturday and will position the pound for pound talent beautifully in order to make some huge fights and earn even bigger pay days. It’s no secret that everyone in boxing wants a piece of Saudi and Usyk has now cut himself a slice.
Usyk is managed by Egis Klimas and is promoted by Alex Krassyuk, both of whom still seem to be on the staff. He was also co-promoted by Eddie Hearn and Matchroom for a short amount of time a few years back.
So far Usyk’s professional career has been nothing short of spectacular. Winning all four major belts to become the undisputed cruiserweight world champion, defeating the likes of Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis, Murat Gassiev and Tony Bellew and lifting the World Boxing Super Series Trophy all in his opponent’s respective back yards. Then stepping up to the heavyweight division, taking on Chaz Witherspoon in his debut back in the early days of DAZN and then outclassing British boxing favourite Derek Chisora in front of a limited crowd during the lockdown of 2020 before stepping up to relieve Anthony Joshua of his belts in London and defeating him again in an immediate rematch which was held in Saudi Arabia.
Looking to become undisputed in a second weight class, the Tyson Fury fight was meant to be next. It’s the fight Usyk wants, the fans crave and boxing needs but as is always the way with boxing it was not to be, a deal could not be made, the water was muddied, everyone blamed everyone else and both parties moved on. We will not be seeing the two best heavyweights in the world sharing a ring for some time yet.
But there may be a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel. There have been discussions or more accurately discussions of discussions of Saudi attempting to put on a fantastical super event of a card consisting of Usyk, Fury, Joshua and Wilder there has also recently been talk of the middle eastern nation hosting a possible match between Joshua and Wilder, which seems far more plausible.
Usyk will be defending his titles against mandatory challenger Daniel Dubois in his next outing which will be held in Poland later this year.
Though we have had no updates on a Fury versus Usyk super fight this team up with the Saudi Arabian sports firm seems to be a good omen and a step in the right direction. Hopefully.