Tyson Fury is set to return to the boxing ring to face Oleksandr Usyk in a fight for the undisputed world heavyweight title. It is assumed that a fight between the two will take place in Saudi Arabia, and a date for the fight has already appeared.
Fury’s staff are in talks for a fight worth more than £85m, which Usyk earned by retaining his WBA, IBF and WBO belts against Anthony Joshua. The fight to unify those titles with Fury’s WBC belt is tentatively scheduled for December 17, according to Dailymail.
If negotiations over a date and venue are successful, the Usyk-Fury mega-clash will be on the night before the 2022 World Cup final in neighboring Qatar and the fight will increase the focus on the Middle East.
Prince Mohammad Abdulaziz, the Saudi minister of sports, confirmed:
“We are very interested in the fight for the undisputed heavyweight title. We want to do this in the city of Riyadh.”
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) August 21, 2022
After defeating Joshua for the second time, the 35-year-old Usyk also commented on the Gypsy King:
“The fight with Fury is the only one I want. If that doesn’t happen, I may not fight again. But I believe we will be fighting each other soon.”
Fury took the first step towards withdrawing his latest retirement claim by downplaying the efforts of Usyk and Joshua:
“I’d beat them both in the same night,” then announced, “The Gypsy King is here to stay, so get out your checkbook.”
— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) August 21, 2022