There are several options for the venue of the match between the two champions.
Aegis Klimas, manager of the WBO, WBA, IBO and IBF world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usykreported that negotiations for a fight with WBC belt holder Tyson Fury are close to completion.
According to the official, most likely, the match for the title of absolute world champion will take place no later than March 4, 2023.
At the same time, the teams of boxers have not yet reached an agreement on the venue of the battle. The option with Saudi Arabia is preferred, but options with Great Britain or Qatar are also possible.
“We were in talks before Fury’s fight with Chisora and that’s why we attended the fight. I spoke personally with Queensbury Promotions before that, and this morning we spoke with Top Rank via video link. We all found common ground and almost agreed. We not much left to discuss.Two of the best heavyweights in the world today in a match for the absolute title of the world is what the fans need.
Most likely, the battle will take place no later than March 4, and probably in the Middle East. During today’s conversation I heard about other options – maybe London or Qatar. But we are most likely targeting Saudi Arabia as they are very interested in this match. Saudi Arabia loves Usyk,” Klimas quotes TalkSports.
- 35-year-old Usyk has 20 victories (13 by knockout) in 20 fights. He spent four of them in the heavyweight division. Before that, Oleksandr became the absolute world champion in cruiserweight (weight category up to 90.7 kg), winning all four of the most prestigious belts there.
- On the night of August 21, 2022, Oleksandr won British Anthony Joshua in the rematch, which took place in the city of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). Thus, the Ukrainian defended all the titles that selected at AJ’s last fall, and also won the vacant belt of The Ring magazine.
- The 34-year-old Fury has 33 wins (24 by knockout) and one draw. On the night of December 4, 2022, the “Gypsy King” returned to the ring and won by knockout his compatriot Derek Chisora.
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