Tyson Fury–Oleksandr Usyk Rematch Set for December in Saudi Arabia

Fury will get a shot at revenge after Usyk defeated the 35-year-old in a split decision in May to become the undisputed heavyweight champion.
Usyk became this century's first undisputed heavyweight titleholder after defeating Fury in May.
Usyk became this century's first undisputed heavyweight titleholder after defeating Fury in May. / Richard Pelham/Getty Images

The rematch between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will take place on Dec. 21, the chairman of Saudi Arabia's General Entertainment Authority, Turki Alalshikh, announced on Wednesday. 

On May 18, Usyk (22–0) defeated Fury (34-1-1) by split decision to become the undisputed heavyweight champion, the first undisputed heavyweight titleholder this century and the first ever in the four-belt era. In an electric, back-and-forth fight, Usyk overcame a slow start to knock Fury down in the ninth round to secure a narrow decision win. 

“I believe I won the fight, but I'm not going to sit here and cry and make excuses," Fury said. "I believe he won a few of the rounds, but I won the majority of them. What can you do? We both put on a good fight, the best we could do.”

On X, formerly known as Twitter, Alalshikh posted: “The rematch between the Undisputed Champion Oleksandr Usyk and the Champion Tyson Fury is now scheduled on the 21 of December 2024 during Riyadh Season...The world will watch another historical fight again... Our commitment to boxing fans continues...We hope you enjoy it.”

Usyk is the first undisputed heavyweight titleholder in the four-belt era.
Usyk is the first undisputed heavyweight titleholder in the four-belt era. / Richard Pelham/Getty Images

While the first fight between Fury and Usyk was for the undisputed championship it’s possible at least one belt will not be on the line in the rematch. The IBF had ordered that the winner of Fury-Usyk face Filip Hrgović, who has been the sanctioning body's No. 1 contender since 2022. While Usyk’s team has requested an exception to face Fury again, Hrgović, who will take on Daniel Dubois in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Saturday, intends to aggressively demand that the IBF enforce his status as mandatory challenger, a source close to Hrgović tells Sports Illustrated. 

“There's already been an exception, so very unlikely that there’s another,” says Eddie Hearn, the promoter for Anthony Joshua, who is expected to fight the winner of Hrgović-Dubois. 

“You don't really want the belts to be fragmented but then you've got a guy [Hrgović] that's been ordered ages ago and has been waiting and waiting and waiting. You can't just ignore your mandatory challenger for two or three years.

“And I get the whole point of, ‘Yeah, but it's great to have an undisputed champion,’ but what if the shoe is on the other foot? What if you are this guy who's been mandatory and now he goes out and beats Dubois and now he's told no, actually you can't get your world title shot till the summer of 2025? It's not fair. So I get both sides of the argument, but I do expect that IBF belt to come vacant.”

Regardless of how many belts are at stake, Fury and Usyk are now set to tangle again.


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