Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk: Date, UK start time, undercard and how to follow undisputed title clash this May

The historic fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk to crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion since 1999 is coming up this spring.

The rivals agreed to meet in the ring earlier this year but the clash had to be postponed due to an injury suffered by Fury.

Fury vs Usyk is ready to finally take centre-stage this May
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Fury vs Usyk is ready to finally take centre-stage this May
The Gypsy King endured a ‘freak cut’ during a sparring session just two weeks before the bout was scheduled to take place.

This meant Fury and Usyk’s highly-anticipated bout for the WBC, WBA, WBO, and IBF titles could no longer happen because the injury required stitches.

Usyk’s camp had been left with the impression it would be ‘several months’ before the Brit was ready to reschedule.

However, a new date is in the diary, which is great for all fans who have waited so long for this fight.


Fury vs Usyk: Date and start time

This 12-round undisputed heavyweight title clash will take place on Saturday, May 18.

The huge bout will be held at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Start times and additional details are expected to be announced in due course, but the undercard is expected to get underway at 6pm UK time, with main event ringwalks around 11pm.

The event will be broadcast live on TNT Sports Box Office and Sky Sports PPV.


talkSPORT will have updates throughout fight week and talkSPORT.com will be running a live blog of all the action as well.

All the heavyweight belts will be on the line when Usyk and Fury clash
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All the heavyweight belts will be on the line when Usyk and Fury clashCredit: Top Rank

Oleksandr Usyk shows off indestructible abs during brutal training drill as he prepares to fight Tyson Fury

Fury and Usyk are finally going to face each other after months of negotiations
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Fury and Usyk are finally going to face each other after months of negotiationsCredit: Getty

Fury vs Usyk: Undercard

Subject to change

MAIN EVENT: Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk – for WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF heavyweight titles
Joe Cordina vs Anthony Cacace – for IBF and IBO super-featherweight titles
Jai Opetaia vs Mairis Briedis – for vacant IBF cruiserweight title
Sergey Kovalev vs Robin Sirwan Safar
Isaac Lowe vs Hasibullah Ahmadi
Bakhodir Jalolov vs TBA
Moses Itauma vs TBA

David Nyika vs TBA

Fury vs Usyk: What has been said?

Tony Bellew doesn’t believe that Fury can beat Usyk.

The Brit said: “I don’t think anybody beats Oleksandr Usyk.

“I don’t think anybody beats him. I said it many many moons ago. I think now [Fury] has a puncher’s chance, but he isn’t a big puncher, to be honest.

“The craziest part about it is, I think when Fury was with his uncle, I do think he beats him but his style has changed, and now, he’s an aggressive counter-puncher and that isn’t going to work against Usyk.

“I think he’s [Fury] a brilliant fighter, take nothing away from him, what he’s done for the heavyweight division is amazing, but I think Oleksandr Usyk is the best heavyweight in the world.”

Fury cut his eye during a sparring session after an elbow
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Fury cut his eye during a sparring session after an elbow

Fury has been spotted in Saudi Arabia ahead of his bout with Usyk
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Fury has been spotted in Saudi Arabia ahead of his bout with UsykCredit: Getty
Fury’s ex-promoter Mick Hennessy also believes that the Brit’s unbeaten record will come to an end at Usyk’s hands.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “I think for big heavyweights, modern-day heavyweights, I think a lot of the time, their kryptonite is lateral movement.

“Very quick cruiserweights, that have come up who’ve got that athleticism.

“On top of that he’s also southpaw, he’s a real chess player isn’t he? I think Usyk [will win].”

Fury v Usyk: Betting Odds

Tyson Fury – 4/5

Draw – 14/1

Oleksandr Usyk – 1/1

Odds Correct as of 08/03/2024

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