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Tyson Fury reveals December date for Oleksandr Usyk heavyweight title fight

Fury faces Francis Ngannou on Saturday and says he wants two fights ‘before Christmas’

George Sessions
Wednesday 25 October 2023 17:28 BST
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Tyson Fury has revealed his undisputed heavyweight showdown with Oleksandr Usyk is set to take place on 23 December.

Fury and Usyk signed contracts last month for the eagerly-anticipated clash, which will take place in Riyadh and be the first undisputed contest in the blue riband division since Lennox Lewis beat Evander Holyfield at Madison Square Garden in 1999 when all the belts were on the line.

At the time of the 29 September announcement from Queensberry and K2 Promotions, no date for the bout was revealed, but Fury has now seemingly confirmed it will take place two days before Christmas.

Fury is currently in Riyadh preparing to face ex-UFC fighter Francis Ngannou on Saturday, although has no concerns over the eight-week gap between this weekend’s tune-up bout and the proposed date to take on Usyk.

He told Sky Sports: “We’ve signed the contracts. 23 December, that’s out there isn’t it? It’s only eight weeks away from Saturday. Why not?

“I’ve not even had a fight this year, so to get two in before the end of the year would be fantastic. Double payday. There’ll be a nice big turkey in the Fury household this Christmas!

“If it happens 23 December, I’ll be playing that song, “Driving Home For Christmas”. I won’t land back in the UK until Christmas Eve, late Christmas Eve, and if we get a delay I’ll be spending Christmas with the reindeers in the airport!”

Fury will contest the 35th bout of his professional career this weekend, but his WBC title will not be on the line against Ngannou for the 10-round fight.

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