The promoter of Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk made a resolute statement today regarding the upcoming clash with British pugilist Tyson Fury for the coveted title of undisputed world champion, scheduled for December 23. This anticipated showdown, eagerly awaited by boxing enthusiasts worldwide, promises to be an epic event.
Fury's recent victory over former UFC champion Francis Ngannou in Riyadh, albeit by decision, was a thrilling spectacle. Fury overcame adversity after a third-round knockdown to secure the win in this 10-round battle. The judges' scores reflected the intensity of the match, with two judges favoring Fury 96-93 and 95-94, while one judge gave Ngannou the nod at 95-94.
Post-fight, Fury acknowledged the unexpected challenge, stating that it deviated from his anticipated script. He sustained an eye injury and a cut on his head, fueling speculation of a potential delay in the Usyk showdown.
However, Usyk's promoter, Alex Krasyuk, remains resolute, assuring fans that the much-anticipated clash will proceed as planned, promising a spectacle that will define the world of boxing. "Everyone, including Usyk, did not give Nganu much of a chance.
But the man shocked the world. Fury underestimated his opponent. Arrogance, lack of discipline and thirst for money led to these circumstances. But we have December 23 signed and Fury cannot escape of that," Krasyuk said, Sky reported.
Tyson Fury is the reigning WBC heavyweight champion, while Oleksandr Usyk possesses the WBO, WBA, and IBF titles. Promoter Frank Warren has hinted that their eagerly anticipated clash may not materialize until 2024, building anticipation for a historic unification bout.
"We were going to do it on December 23rd. I doubt it will happen now. Tyson can't go to training camp after a fight like this. It's in eight weeks. He needs at least that long to recover, to get his body back in shape. To let it heal.
Then he can go to camp. It will be early next year," Warren said, as reported by the BBC. Usyk watched the match live in Riyadh "We have a contract that says the fight will take place on December 23. Let Fury first hand over the title, and then he can rest," Usyk told Boxing King Media.
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