The Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk undisputed heavyweight world title fight was announced as signed in September this year.
The four-belt clash had been pencilled in for December 23, with the promotion assuming that Fury would come through MMA star Francis Ngannou with relative ease in October.
That was not the case. The Brit was knocked down and taken the ten-round distance, winning a close split decision that saw him both bruised and cut.
Post-fight, promoter Frank Warren said that December 23 was off the table, but Usyk continues to push for it.
In an interview with Seconds Out, Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk said that they would require proof of injury should that be the case.
“We have a date in the contract but c’mon, we are reasonable people. If he is really injured and he is really unable to fight that might happen to any fighter.
“It has to be done in a proper way. If he is really injured then there is some kind of medical procedure that certifies his injury. Then probably that’s OK. If it’s just they don’t want to fight Usyk because he is weak, and they don’t want to take risk, then it doesn’t sound reasonable for me because you know why? What’s the difference between losing to Usyk on December 23 or losing to Usyk on January 17 or losing to Usyk, let’s say, February 13th. there’s no significant difference. The sooner the better.”
Speaking to Boxing King Media, Spencer Brown, Fury’s manager, confirmed his fighter had ‘a few injuries.’ He said that Usyk’s side were accommodating but wanted a cemented date within 24 hours.
“If Tyson had to fight on the 23rd, of course he will. He’s not gonna shy away from anything, but he’s got a few injuries there. Not massive ones, but enough to stop him fighting on the 23rd. This fight is going ahead come rain or shine.”
“I spoke to Egis [Klimas, Usyk’s Manager] today. He was insistent, and they’ve been so helpful. Very genuine with us. They’re not looking to push us that far, but they will be ready on the 23rd. He said we understand Tyson might have a few knocks. If so, can we get a date in place and get in confirmed in the next 24 hours.”
The fight must take place before the end of Riyadh Season, a celebration running through local wintertime that comes to a close in March 2024.