Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk look set to finally face each other in a fight to crown the first heavyweight undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis.
After talks between the pair suddenly collapsed in March, fans’ hopes of seeing one ruler in boxing’s blue-ribbon division began to fade. But, unbeknownst to the public, negotiations had continued behind the scenes and the boxing world was shocked when it was announced that both Fury and Usyk had put pen to paper for the historic clash.
Although both parties have agreed terms, no venue or date has been confirmed with much speculation that the fight could take place on December 23.
In an interview with Boxing Social, Matchroom promoter, Eddie Hearn, spoke about a potential date clash with Fury vs Usyk and Chris Eubank Jr vs Conor Benn, and said the heavyweight fight was being targeted for the end of the year.
We don’t know if Fury-Usyk is going December 23, we’re being told it is, but they’ll see what happens next week [in the Ngannou fight].
Does that mean we move into January [for the Chris Eubank Jr – Conor Benn fight]. We are going to move forward with that fight most likely in Britain, whether that’s the 23rd or the first couple of weeks in January, this week we want to get that fight moving and locked in. It’s time now, it’s the biggest fight in Britain and we want to get it over the line.
Fury must first come through unscathed in his crossover fight against Francis Ngannou on October 28 before attentions can turn to the history defining fight.