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A long-awaited undisputed heavyweight showdown between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk is now ‘signed’, Queensberry Promotions have announced.
Both fighters have subsequently released statements confirming the news which was first reported by ESPN’s Mike Coppinger earlier this afternoon.
The fight does not yet have a date however, with the pair set to meet on either December 23rd or January next year in Saudi Arabia as part of the country’s ‘Riyadh Season’.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren told talkSPORT today that an official date will be confirmed after the former’s fight with Francis Ngannou next month.
Pair set to meet in first undisputed heavyweight title fight in two decades
Fury and Usyk were locked in intense negotiations to meet earlier this year before talks collapsed in March.
Disputes over purse splits and rematch clauses forced the pair to go their separate ways, with Usyk opting to defend his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles against mandatory challenger Daniel Dubois in August.
Fury meanwhile faces MMA star Ngannou over ten rounds in Saudi Arabia on October 28th.
Today’s news however, which remains subject to confirmation of a date for the fight, means that if the pair do indeed face-off, boxing will have its first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield in 1999.
Fury confirms fight in social media posts
Fury, who holds the WBC heavyweight title, has also spoken out following the news this afternoon.
In posts made to his various social media accounts, the 34-year-old said: “I do what I say. I say what I do. THIS IS THE GYPSY KING ERA.
“You can’t run rabbit run anymore @usykaa – you’re getting it.”
The Briton claimed the WBC belt with a seventh-round stoppage of former champion Deontay Wilder in February 2022 before defended against the American 20 months later.
Two defences against Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora followed on home soil before the Morecambe heavyweight signed to fight former UFC champion Ngannou in the Middle East next month.