Tyson Fury set to challenge Oleksandr Usyk for the Ring belt in Saudi Arabia on Feb. 17
Tyson ‘The Gypsy King’ Fury will challenge Ring magazine champion and IBF/WBA/WBO titlist Oleksandr Usyk in a history-making showdown on Saturday, February 17, at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
With Fury being recognized as WBC titlist, all four major belts will on the line for the first time in history.
‘Ring of Fire’ will take place as part of Riyadh Season, one of the world’s largest winter entertainment events, and will be presented to fans worldwide. Fury kicked off Riyadh Season on Saturday, October 28, when he defeated former MMA heavyweight world champion Francis Ngannou by split decision.
“Usyk, you can run, but The Gypsy King is coming to get you. This is my era, and your time is up. Your undefeated record AND your belts, they will be mine!” Fury said during a face-to-face press conference held in London on Thursday, November 16. “I had an amazing time here when I fought Ngannou, and I am ready to do it again. This time, The Gypsy King will return to England as the undisputed heavyweight king.”
“I have no goal,” said Usyk. “Only the way. And my way is ‘The Undisputed.’ That is why this was the only fight for me. When that bell rings, I will bring the fire.”
Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) took a break from boxing due to personal challenges, but made an impressive comeback by defeating Deontay Wilder to claim the WBC world title in their rematch and sealing their trilogy with a knockout victory in 2021.
Ukraine’s Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs), an Olympic gold medalist, decided to move up from the cruiserweight division to the heavyweight division after establishing his dominance there. He caused an upset by defeating Anthony Joshua and becoming the unified heavyweight champion. Usyk successfully defended his titles against Joshua in a rematch.
A press release by Top Rank was used in this article.