Oleksandr Usyk vs Tyson Fury: The potential undisputed heavyweight championship fight



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Oleksandr Usyk vs Tyson Fury: The potential undisputed heavyweight championship fight

There is a high likelihood that Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury will face off in the first quarter of the year, with the winner being crowned the undisputed heavyweight champion. It has been over 20 years since Lennox Lewis achieved this status in 1999 and boxing has yet to have an undisputed heavyweight champion.

While both fighters are eager for the match to happen, it is important to note that finalizing the details such as the financials, date, and location of the fight will be the biggest hurdle to overcome before the fight can take place.

Promoters of Tyson Fury, Bob Arum and Frank Warren, are currently awaiting an offer from Saudi Arabia for a potential fight location. Usyk is also open to fighting in the Middle East. If an offer from Saudi Arabia is not satisfactory or does not come through, the first alternative location for the fight will be Wembley Stadium in London.

This information has been confirmed by Bob Arum to Boxing Scene. “Everybody agreed that if [Saudi Arabia’s] offer comes through and it’s real, that’s how we’ll go. If not, we’ll do the fight at Wembley,” Arum told Boxing Scene.

The fighters have agreed to fight. I spoke to Frank Warren. We’re giving them until [this] week to come with their offer, which I believe we’ll get. If we don’t, then we’re gonna do the fight at Wembley”.

Usyk's demands for 50-50 split

“Then we’d have to talk about the percentages,” Arum continued, “because Usyk wants 50-50. That’s not right if the fight’s at Wembley because there will be 95,000 Brits at the fight and big Brit pay-per-view money, so Tyson deserves the lion’s share.

“But, we don’t get to that point if the [investors in Saudi Arabia] come through, because the way they operate is they make deals with each of the fighters. We’ve been led to believe that they’re going to come with a proposal [this] week.

I’ll believe it when I see it, but it’s not like they haven’t come through in the past”.