Tyson Fury has revealed his undisputed heavyweight showdown with Oleksandr Usyk is set to take place on December 23.
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While a date is yet to be confirmed, the showdown will be scheduled for either December 23 or the early part of 2024.
Fury most recently fought last December, stopping compatriot Derek Chisora inside 10 rounds, but talks over an undisputed world title showdown against Oleksandr Usyk bitterly broke down earlier this year.
The ‘Gypsy King’ is currently without an opponent after undisputed fight talks with Oleksandr Usyk collapsed, as the pair disagreed following public demands from the WBC champion.
TalkSPORT‘s Simon Jordan recently revealed that he had it on good authority Saudi Arabia was planning to make a big move in the heavyweight division.
Retirement talk has followed the former Olympic champion since consecutive losses to Oleksandr Usyk, the last of which came in August.
Having suffered back-to-back defeats to Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua is hoping to record a win which will put him back in the mix for a world title shot.
The unified WBA, WBO and IBF champion also holds The Ring Magazine belt and the less-prestigious IBO title
The key to the breakthrough was Usyk’s willingness to accept 30 per cent of the revenue as Fury demanded, which he had resisted.
Joshua lost to the Ukrainian for a second time six months ago under ex-head coach Robert Garcia in a much-improved performance from their inaugural encounter.
Joshua will return to the ring against Jermaine Franklin on April 1 at The O2 arena, while Fury’s promoters have set April 29 as the date for their bout with Usyk, which could land at Wembley Stadium.
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will meet at Wembley Stadium in April, with a fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship…
The former heavyweight world champion split from McCracken after losing his title belts to the Ukrainian.
Having lost his rematch to Oleksandr Usyk on points in August, Joshua was left to go back to the drawing board after two defeats and being out of position in the rankings.
Joshua, 33, split with longtime trainer Robert McCracken after losing his heavyweight titles to Oleksandr Usyk in September 2021.
Joshua, 33, who has lost back-to-back fights to world champion Oleksandr Usyk, will be seeking a first win since beating Kubrat Pulev in 2020.
WBC king Fury and WBA, IBF and WBO champion Usyk are poised to do battle as the unbeaten superstars put everything on the line in a four-belt undisputed clash.
Fury defeated his British rival Derek Chisora for the third time in his career to retain his WBC title earlier this month.
Ukrainian world heavyweight champion Usyk doesn’t speak English, but he was able to get his message across fully during a recent interview with Parimatch. He did the interview in Ukrainian, but asked if he was “coming for” Fury, he switched to the Brit’s native tongue to send a concise message to Fury, using his real first name.
The Ukrainian’s focus at the moment is on negotiating an undisputed fight with Tyson Fury, who holds the WBC title that Usyk needs to complete his set of belts.