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Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk undisputed title fight confirmed for February

Fury and Usyk will fight in Saudi Arabia for the undisputed heavyweight boxing championship

Morecambe's world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury will fight Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed title in February, it has been confirmed.

Fury's promoter Frank Warren announced on TalkSPORT on Thursday that the mega-fight for all the heavyweight championship belts will happen in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, most likely in early February.

Mr Warren also said he'd be promoting a huge night of boxing on December 23, the originally proposed date for the Fury-Usyk fight.

The last undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion was Britain's Lennox Lewis, who held the WBC, WBA and IBF belts from 1999-2000.

But nobody has ever held the heavyweight title belts of all four of the main world boxing organisations, which includes the WBO.

This makes the fight in Riyadh a historic occasion in the annals of professional boxing, especially as both combatants are undefeated.

Fury, 35, and Usyk had a staredown in the ring shortly after 'The Gypsy King' defeated Francis Ngannou on October 28.

That night in Saudi, Tyson went through a much harder tussle with the former UFC fighter than expected, winning via split decision on the scorecards after 10 rounds in a non-title fight many observers thought he lost on points. 

Read more: Tyson Fury gets off the floor to edge Francis Ngannou by split decision - Beyond Radio

But despite being floored in the third round, Fury - deservedly in the opinion of Beyond Radio - got the judges' nod to remain undefeated in his 35-fight pro career, with 34 wins and one draw.

The charismatic star, who lives in Morecambe, has been lineal world heavyweight champion since defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, and WBC champion since he stopped Deontay Wilder in 2020, making three successful defences of that belt since then, against Wilder, Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora.

Usyk, 36, is undefeated in his 21-bout professional career.

The Ukrainian is a former Olympic heavyweight champion and undisputed cruiserweight champion, who moved up to the heavyweight division in 2019. 

He captured the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles from Britain's Anthony Joshua in 2021, before beating AJ again in a rematch in 2022.

Usyk most recently defended the belts against Daniel Dubois from Britain in August, winning via ninth round stoppage. But the win was not without controversy, as the champion was given a huge amount of time to recover after being floored in the fourth round by a 'low blow' that many believed to have been a legal punch to the stomach.

The 6ft 9in Fury will enjoy a sizeable height, weight and reach advantage over his rival, and will start favourite to win.

But Usyk is known as a tricky and busy southpaw, who has settled into the heavyweight division better than many experts predicted.

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