In a surprising turn of events, the anticipated unification Heavyweight title clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk has faced a delay, now scheduled for February 17, 2024, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The postponement follows Tyson Fury’s encounter with Francis Ngannou, where the punches proved stronger than the ‘Gypsy King’ anticipated.
The skepticism surrounding the fight’s occurrence had lingered in the lead-up, with Usyk expressing doubts about its realization. The lack of trust in promoter Frank Warren and Fury himself seemed justified, given the tumultuous negotiations. Finally, on a Thursday, the bout secured an official date, albeit shifted a few months from its initial December slot.
The decision to move the event to Riyadh could be attributed to various factors, including logistical considerations and the recent ‘Day of Reckoning’ boxing extravaganza scheduled for December 23. This mega card promises separate bouts for Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Daniel Dubois, and Dmitry Bivol. The reshuffling of dates became inevitable, especially considering Tyson’s visible black eye post his clash with Ngannou, prompting promoters to prioritize the fighters’ well-being and reschedule to February.
Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk Showdown: Postponed, Analyzed, and Tyson’s Pick
With no undercard announced yet, the spotlight remains on the main event, featuring the clash of titans Fury and Usyk. The decision to host the fight in Saudi Arabia adds an intriguing dimension, setting the stage for a global showdown.
Amidst the anticipation and speculation, a voice from the past chimed in with insights. Mike Tyson, the youngest Heavyweight Champion in history, offered his perspective during the World Boxing Council’s 61st convention. Speaking to ESPN, Tyson didn’t hesitate to pick his side: “I gotta go with Fury. He is the best fighter in the world, especially amongst heavyweights.” Tyson emphasized the resilience of great fighters, acknowledging that they can look bad or even lose but remain exceptional in their own right.
Tyson’s analysis delved into the challenges Usyk might face against Fury. He pointed out the difficulty in deciphering a smaller opponent’s movements, attributing Fury’s intelligence and speed as potential hurdles for Usyk to overcome.
As the boxing world eagerly awaits the monumental clash, Tyson’s words add another layer of excitement, affirming Fury’s status as the best among heavyweights. With the stage set in Riyadh, February 17, 2024, promises to be a night where two of the world’s best Heavyweights vie for supremacy in a bout that has fans on the edge of their seats.