Morecambe’s Tyson Fury has signed a deal to fight Oleksandr Usyk in an undisputed heavyweight world championship contest in Saudi Arabia.
The fight will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with additional details, including the fight date, yet to be announced.
The ‘Gypsy King’ is the current WBC and Lineal champion, while Ukrainian Usyk holds the WBA, WBO and IBF titles.
The winner will be crowned the first undisputed heavyweight boxing champion in the four-belt era, and the division’s first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999.
"Delighted to finally get this fight signed," said Queensbury promoter Frank Warren. "This is the biggest fight that could possibly be made in our sport.
‘’The heavyweights always spark the imagination of the fans, and I have no doubt this will be the biggest boxing event of the century. I look forward to Tyson reclaiming the three belts that he never lost in the ring. Huge thanks to His Excellency and the GEA.”
Fury has won 33 fights with one draw since turning professional in 2008.
His Excellency Turki Alalshikh, Chairman of The General Entertainment Authority and Head of Riyadh Season, said: “This is the fight that everyone has wanted to see for some time and now it is finally happening – the world’s two heavyweight champions going into the ring against one another. It is the biggest fight in boxing, the world will be watching, and we are so proud to be the hosts for this spectacle as part of the fourth edition of our Riyadh Season celebrations.
‘’We want to play our part and match the huge anticipation surrounding this fight by putting on the greatest fight experience for every visitor to Riyadh.”
Spencer Brown, manager of Tyson Fury, said: “I’m delighted Tyson has the chance to become the first Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion of the four-belt era and prove he is one of the greats of all time.
‘’First, though, Tyson will have the chance to prove he is The Baddest Man on The Planet on October 28th. Thank you to His Excellency and the GEA, what a Riyadh Season this is going to be!”
Usyk, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, is unbeaten in his 21 professional fights, and moved up to the heavyweight ranks following a dominant run to the undisputed cruiserweight title.
In September 2021, he upset Anthony Joshua to become the unified heavyweight world champion and then defeated Joshua by split decision in their rematch nearly one year later.