Boxing duel for the title of the absolute world champion in super heavyweight between the holder of the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and The Ring magazine titles Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (20 wins, 13 of them by knockout), who won the rematch against Anthony Joshua, and the British WBC champion Tyson Fury (32 wins, 23 of them by knockout, 1 draw), who knocked out Dillian Whyte, will be held later than planned.
Holding the match in December 2022 is unlikely. This was reported by insider Michael Benson on his Twitter with reference to promoter Bob Arum. The fight is planned to be held on February 11 or 18, 2023 in the Middle East. Possible venues include Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE.
As you know, Tyson Fury recently announced his retirement, but later, after the death of his cousin, announced that he would resume his professional career.
By the way, ESPN insider Mark Kriegel reported that 35-year-old Usyk and 34-year-old Fury reached an agreement in principle on fees for a possible fight.
"This fight will happen," boxingnews24.com quoted Max Kriegel as saying. - How do I know? What is the source of disagreement before every major battle? Distribution of fees. Will it be 70 for 30, 60 for 40? This fight is going to be 50-50. I talked to Bob Arum today and he said it's settled. My other sources confirmed this as well. So one of the controversial points is completely eliminated. For me, this is good news, which means that the fight will happen.
As for the venue, you may have seen reports this week that Saudi Arabia wants to host the fight in December. Don't believe it. According to Arum and my other interlocutors, this is unlikely. The likely date now is February, Super Bowl weekend or the week after. Perhaps the battle will take place in the Middle East, but not necessarily in Saudi Arabia. Abu Dhabi and Qatar may also be options. There are rumors that the fight will take place in Great Britain. It will not take place at Wembley. Don't listen to this talk. It will be winter. It is necessary to protect the fighters. It will be an 80,000-capacity indoor arena in Cardiff if the fight takes place in Great Britain."