Matchroom Promoter, Eddie Hearn, has applauded the efforts of both Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk for finally agreeing to a deal that will see the first undisputed heavyweight title clash of the four-belt era. However, the promoter anticipates that the fight itself will underwhelm.
Fury and Usyk were linked to a bout with one another throughout at the beginning of this year, but, to the disappointment of fans, the showdown failed to materialise.
Now, in an out-of-the-blue announcement, it seems that the two champions are set to finally face one another in boxing’s most beckoned-for bout.
In an interview with Seconds Out, Hearn picked his winner ahead of the spectacle, which he believes to be ‘great for the sport’ but a ‘stinker’ for the viewers.
“Could I hand on heart say it’s going to happen? No, because of the history of mainly Tyson Fury, but when there is a load of money, generally the fights happen. That is why the fight is happening in the first place, so I think the fight will happen, when it will happen I don’t know, it’s great for the sport.”
“I fancy Tyson Fury in the fight. I think he is the favourite going into the fight, but Usyk is very good and I think that he will rise to the occasion. I think the size of Fury [will prove too much], I think that it will be a stinker in all honesty, but it might have to be a stinker for Tyson to win the way that he can win, maybe easily. I think that it is a very competitive fight, but I favour Tyson Fury.”
Fury-Usyk will supposedly take place as early as December 23 or in early 2024. It’s said that the official date will be announced following the Brit’s crossover clash with MMA star, Francis Ngannou.