Undisputed Heavyweight Clash announced for February 17 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fresh from his victory over Francis Ngannou at the “Battle of the Baddest”, Tyson Fury returns to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to fight Oleksander Usyk to crown the first Undisputed Heavyweight Champion since 1999.
WBC and Lineal Champion Tyson ‘The Gypsy King’ Fury will fight WBO/IBF/WBA unified champ Oleksandr Usyk in a history-making showdown on Saturday, February 17th, at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudì Arabia.
It’s time to open up the history books and write a new chapter in Heavyweight Boxing history as the winner will become boxing’s first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis claimed that honor 24 years ago.
However for the first time in history – the four belts are on the line, with the winner taking all.
This event is named “Ring of Fire” as the 2 champions step into the chamber of truth to lay their titles and reputations all on the line.
“Ring of Fire” is the biggest fight in world boxing and will take place as part of Riyadh Season, one of the worid’s largest winter entertainment events. It will be presented to fans worldwide.
Tyson Fury has declared his intentions for Usyk, commenting:
“Usyk, you can run, but The Gypsy King is coming to get you. This is my era, and your time is up. Your undefeated record AND your belts; they will be mine!”
“Thank you to His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and His Excellency Turki Alalshikh for bringing this undisputed title fight to the beautiful
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
I had an amazing time here, when I fought Ngannou, and I am ready to do it again. This time, The Gypsy King will return to England as the undisputed heavyweight king.”
For his part, Olekander Usyk has stated: “I have no goal – only the way. And my way is ‘The Undisputed.’ That is why this was the only fight for me. When that bell rings, I will bring the fire.”
His Excellency, Turki Alalshikh, the driving force behind these back to back blockbuster events described his vision for the occasion:
“Since our first Riyadh Season in 2019, the Season has developed a reputation for
hosting the biggest events and they do not come much bigger than the undisputed
heavyweight title fight.
This is history in the making, a fight the world has waited for. Now it is a reality, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is excited to be hosting this era-defining fight.
This will be a global spectacle and we will do
everything to ensure that everyone has an experience that matches an event of this
Legendary promoter, Frank Warren of Queensberry is no stranger to The Kingdom, having promoted 2 events there over the past year. He described what this event means for Saudi Arabia and the world of boxing:
“The relationship between Riyadh Season and the sport of boxing will reach
unparalleled new levels on February 17th, when it stages the first undisputed
heavyweight fight for 24 years”
“Tyson Fury taking on Oleksandr Usyk is simply the biggest fight that can be made in boxing and is what the world wants to see.
“We take this opportunity to thank His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for his blessed vision which is achieving great accomplishments.
We also thank His Excellency Turki Alalshikh and Riyadh Season
for making it happen.”
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk are the best heavyweights of their era, and this
undisputed battle in the beautiful city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, promises to be a
sensational fight and a history-making event”
Top Rank chairman Bob Arum has added his view on the event, commenting that “Fury is an all-time great heavyweight champion, but you can never count out Usyk,
a former Olympic champion who has already conquered two weight divisions.”
Oleksander Usyk’s manager Alex Krassyuk emphatically declared:
“The world has finally got it!
“Proud of Usyk, respect to Tyson. Let the best man win and we celebrate Usyk’s second undisputed!”
Tyson Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) has been the reigning heavyweight champion since November 2015. With almost 3 years out of boxing due to personal challenges, Fury made a comeback for the ages by defeating Deontay Wilder to claim the WBC world title in their rematch and ending their trilogy with a knockout victory in 2021.
Oleksander Usyk (21-0, 14 K0s), an Olympic Gold medalist, became the Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion, before moving up to the Heavyweight division.
He surprised many by defeating Anthony Joshua and securing the unified Heavyweight championship. Usyk then defended his titles in a rematch against Joshua and subsequently, Daniel Dubois. Currently, his goal is to become the second cruiserweight champion in history to attain undisputed status in the heavyweight division.
Tickets for Riyadh Season events and activities can be purchased here: http://onelink.to/wbkapp