Battle of the Undisputed: Fury vs Usyk Preview

Published on 18 May 2024 at 16:00

The biggest Heavyweight Boxing bout of the decade is finally happening as spectators and viewers are preparing for a night full of action. The Gypsy King and the Ukrainian were meant to take centre stage on the 17th February, but a cut on the head of Fury during sparring would push the scheduled date back. With the fight now less than a week away, lets have a deeper look into this monumental event.

Tyson Fury

Fury last fought in October 2023 where he would go out of his comfort zone to face a former MMA Champion in a Boxing ring, Francis Ngannou, in Riyadh. It was clear that the Wythenshawe-born fighter did not have his best performance as he suffered a knockdown in the third round but still managed to win by split decision after 10 rounds. 

Many believed this would be controversial as Ngannou was landing the better punches in the fight and got most of the praise from the fighting community after an impressive performance on his Boxing debut. 

Despite his most recent Boxing bout ending by a close decision, Fury has looked unstoppable since becoming the WBC World Heavyweight Champion. The Gypsy King has defeated; Deontay Wilder twice by a seventh-round TKO and by knockout in the 11th round, Dillian Whyte by sixth-round TKO, and Derek Chisora by TKO in the 10th round.

The undefeated boxer has been keen to fight Usyk ever since his TKO win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in December 2022, making the fight build up even more to be one of the biggest Boxing events in the sport's history.

The last time Fury fought for multiple world titles was when he faced another Ukrainian boxer, Wladimir Klitschko, at the ESPRIT arena in Duesseldorf, Germany.

The current WBC World Heavyweight Champion fought all 12 rounds with Klitschko and despite a point deduction for shots to the back of the head in the 11th round, Fury would get the victory by unanimous decision, claiming the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO World Heavyweight titles before a 30-month absence from the sport.

This fight is very likely to be the Gypsy King's toughest test since his first fight with Deontay Wilder, which ended in a split draw, as the Bronze Bomber was also undefeated during their first meeting.

A win in the Kingdom Arena would put Fury among the greats of Heavyweight Boxing as many believe that he should be compared to the likes of Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali.

Oleksandr Usyk

Usyk last fought in August 2023 where he would face another British professional boxer, Daniel Dubois, in Wroclaw, Poland. The Ukrainian would defend his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO World Heavyweight Boxing title successfully after defeating Dubois by knockout in the ninth round.

There would be a bit of controversy during the fight as Dubois landed what looked like a body punch, however, Uysk would drop to the floor believing it was a low blow. Fans believed that it was an opportunity to let the champion recover as the punch was on the belt line of his shorts.

Usyk may have not have earned as many stoppage wins as Fury, but he has won comfortably in most of his fights. The SImferopol-born fighter has defeated Anthony Joshua twice by unanimous and split decision, Derek Chisora by unanimous decision, Chazz Witherspoon by corner retirement, and Tony Bellew by eighth-round TKO.

Since his split decision win over Joshua in Riyadh, Usyk has been key to take out the next biggest British boxer as he looks to claim all of the World Heavyweight titles after dominating in the Cruiserweight division. 

The 37-year-old has defeated four British fighters in his last six Boxing bouts, proving to be a nightmare for anyone in the UK. He became the rightful owner to the Heavyweight throne after his first bout with Joshua.

In a close bout just like their rematch, Usyk would be victorious and win by unanimous decision, stealing all the belts from AJ and making his legacy even bigger in the sport of Boxing.

Just like Fury, this will most likely be the Ukrainian's toughest test as he faces an undefeated boxer for the first time since July 2018 when he became the first fighter to defeat Murat Gassiev for the IBF, WBA, WBO and WBC World Cruiserweight titles, winning by unanimous decision in Moscow.

Another title triumph in Riyadh for Uysk could put him down as the greatest boxer of this current decade or generation as he looks to keep his undefeated record and add another British victim to his list.


Who will be the unified and undisputed Heavyweight Champion? How do you believe the fight will end?


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