Usyk Vs Fury Rematch Set For Dec 21

Usyk Vs Fury Rematch Set For Dec 21

Undisputed heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury are set to meet in a rematch on 21 December, 2024, Chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority has disclosed.

Usyk beat Fury by split decision to become the first undisputed champion of the four-belt era on 18 May.

A rematch was said to be in the works for October but Turki Alalshikh says the date has been shifted to December.

“The world will watch another historical fight again,” Alashikh added on X, formerly Twitter.

“Our commitment to boxing fans continues. We hope you enjoy it.”

Usyk, the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999, added Fury’s WBC belt to his WBA, WBO and IBF collection when they fought in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

The 37-year-old Ukrainian has won all 22 of his professional fights.

Alashikh did not name a venue or destination for the rematch, but stated it would take place “during Riyadh Season”.

Riyadh Season is an entertainment festival held every winter since its launch in 2019 which has hosted a number of high profile boxing events.

The contest would give 35-year-old Briton, Fury, the opportunity to gain revenge after tasting defeat for the first time in his 16-year professional career against Usyk.

It is unlikely that all four belts will be on the line in the rematch with the IBF planning to strip Usyk as he will not be facing its mandatory challenger next.

Usyk and Fury had agreed to a two-fight deal, but there were still some doubts on whether the rematch would happen. But if Alalshikh says it’s happening, then it usually is – so boxing livers can start preparing for a Christmas cracker in Saudi.

The first contest lived up to the pre-fight hype. Pundits predicted a dull, technical battle but instead got a dramatic back-and-forth encounter.

Usyk is one of the smartest fighters in the history of the sport. His ability to read a fight and adapt accordingly is staggering. Having already shared 12 rounds with Fury, he will be looking for a more dominant win.

Fury appeared to be in control during the first half of the bout and will feel that with the right adjustments, he can become a three-time world champion.

If Usyk is forced to vacate the IBF title, promoter Eddie Hearn has suggested the winner of Filip Hrgovic and Daniel Dubois, who fights in Riyadh on Saturday, could face Anthony Joshua for the vacant belt in September at Wembley Stadium.

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