Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk: Date, time, TV channel and streaming as new fight date is confirmed
The 'Gypsy King' and the Ukrainian have signed to finally meet in Saudi Arabia in 2024.
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After months and months of talk Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will face off to crown the best heavyweight on the planet in Saudi Arabia.
Not since Lennox Lewis in 1999 has there been an undisputed heavyweight champion but when Fury, the WBC champion, and Usyk, the WBO, IBF and WBA champion, finally meet, there will be no doubting who is top dog.
Here's what we know so far.
When will Fury v Usyk take place?
It's now all official for February 17 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. According to multiple reports, it was going to be on Saturday, December 23 only for Fury to struggle badly in his narrow win over Francis Ngannou. That date in the Middle East has now been filled by the supershow featuring Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder in separate fights. A date at Wembley also collapsed way back in April but all indications are that fight fans will finally get to see the clash everyone wants and the sport needs.
What was said at the opening press conference?
Fury as is customary, let rip on the Ukrainian.
“I’m going to bust him up. Sausage. Ugly little man. Rabbit. Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run,” he said. “You know what’s coming? You’re getting smashed to pieces, sausage. You’re fighting the best British heavyweight there’s ever been.
“You’ve beaten the rest of them, but you haven’t beaten Tyson Fury, sausage. You can never beat me. If you beat me in your dreams you better wake up and apologise. I stole that from Muhammad Ali, I apologise. When you sleep at night ugly man you’re going to think of me for the next eight weeks. I’m going to punch your face in. You ugly little man.”
Usyk is a man of far fewer words and vowed to do his talking in the ring. “I will speak in the ring. Every time Tyson Fury speaks a lot. For me it doesn’t matter,” he said.
The pair went head-to-head, literally, in the face-off that followed and had to be pulled apart by security. Sylvester Stallone, AKA Rocky, was there to oversee it all.
What TV channel will Fury v Usyk be on?
The event is all but certain to be broadcast live on pay-per-view on TNT Sports Box Office (the new name for BT Sport), who are the broadcast partners for Fury's promoter Warren. You can stream the action on the TNT Sports Box Office app.
How much will Fury v Usyk cost to watch?
The cost to watch it on TNT has not been revealed yet. Typically fights have been around the £20 mark, but given the nature of Fury-Usyk, it could be more.
How do Fury and Usyk's records compare?
Both boxers are undefeated, with Fury winning 34 fights with one draw and Usyk having a 21-0 record.
The Ukrainian, a former undisputed champion at cruiserweight, has already beaten Anthony Joshua twice, as well as defeating Derek Chisora and Tony Bellew. Last time out in Poland in August he knocked out a fourth Brit, Daniel Dubois, to retain his titles.
Fury's last outing against a fully-fledged boxer saw him beat Dereck Chisora for a third time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last December. It was the meeting with Ngannou that nearly ruined everything though, the former UFC star giving Fury the fright of his life on his boxing debut, only for the 'Gypsy King' to prevail on points over 10 rounds in Saudi Arabia in October.
Who is on the undercard?
No fights have been announced thus far but some big names are expected to feature.