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Tyson Fury vows to knock Oleksandr Usyk ‘spark out’ at fiery Riyadh weigh-in

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will fight one another in Saudi Arabia tonight, bidding to crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion in 24 years.

Not since Lennox Lewis beat Evander Holyfield in 1999 has there even been a fight for all the division’s major gold, and one year after that bout, Lewis lost his undisputed status. But tonight, Fury’s WBC title and Usyk’s WBA, WBO and IBF belts are on the line in Riyadh – as well as each man’s unbeaten record.

Briton Fury, 35, last fought in October, surviving a shock knockdown by Francis Ngannou to win a hotly-disputed decision against the ex-UFC champion. Ukraine’s Usyk, 36, last boxed in August, fighting through a controversial low blow to stop Daniel Dubois.

Southpaw Usyk is an Olympic gold medalist and previously reigned as the first (and so far only) undisputed cruiserweight champion of the four-belt era, and tonight he will bid to replicate that feat at heavyweight. Fury, meanwhile, is out to win back the unified titles that he once took from Wladimir Klitschko.

Follow live updates and results from Fury vs Usyk and the undercard, below. Fury vs Usyk will air live on DAZN, TNT Sports and Sky Sports. Purchase a subscription to DAZN here.

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Fury vs Usyk LIVE: Looking back at the last undisputed heavyweight clash – 25 years on

Who better to reflect on the last time the undisputed heavyweight titles were on the line than Steve Bunce? A man who was in the arena.

Here’s Steve on Lennox Lewis vs Evander Holyfield 2, 25 years on…

Alex Pattle18 May 2024 15:13

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Fury vs Usyk LIVE: Conspiracies, cuts, collapses – the treacherous road to the fight

It was the latest bump on an already rocky road, and the only fear now is that there could be one last swerve.

Fury and Usyk, both unbeaten, are finally set to clash on Saturday, barring any late drama. But even then, judging in fights of this magnitude has robbed the sport of clear winners before. Fury, 35, and Usyk, 37, are contracted for a rematch regardless of what happens in Riyadh, so here’s hoping there is no deflating draw, no controversial scorecard, no asterisk on any achievement.

Alex Pattle18 May 2024 14:35

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Fury vs Usyk LIVE: Tyson’s dad headbutts Usyk’s teammate

The biggest moment of drama at fight week came on Monday, when Fury’s father John headbutted one of Usyk’s teammates…

The incident left John with a bloody forehead, while Usyk’s teammate appeared unfazed.

Here’s what John had to say for himself…

Alex Pattle18 May 2024 13:51

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Fury vs Usyk LIVE: All neon, no buzz? How Riyadh is reacting to fight week

Truthfully, until then, fight week had offered plenty of neon, but what about the buzz?

Even employees within BLVD City, the area hosting the pre-fight events on the outskirts of town, had to ask what was going on as they pointed to the press-conference stage. “Is this boxing or UFC?” one said. The UFC is visiting Riyadh, yes, but not for another month.

“I don’t know about the boxing, but I do like football,” one taxi driver told The Independent. And so the conversation turned to Al Nassr FC, Cristiano Ronaldo, and the like. Another seemed vaguely aware of the fight, saying with a hint of hesitance and an ever-raising eyebrow: “The British guy… and the Ukrainian guy? Boxing is not really in our culture.”

Alex Pattle18 May 2024 13:10

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Fury vs Usyk LIVE: Briton vows to knock rival ‘spark out’ at fiery weigh-in

A great job by Ollie Browning on our video team for his censoring work on this clip!

Tyson Fury vows to knock Oleksandr Usyk ‘spark out’ at fiery Riyadh weigh-in

Alex Pattle18 May 2024 13:02

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Fury vs Usyk LIVE: Is the Ukrainian really too small to win?

On the topic of weight, The Independent was on the ground at yesterday’s weigh-in, speaking to George Groves, Barry Jones, Richie Woodhall and Frazer Clarke about Fury and Usyk’s respective sizes.

Is Usyk really too small to beat Fury? Will that be the deciding factor between two boxers who – according to many – are evenly matched?

Here’s what Olympic medalist Clarke and the former world champions had to say:

Alex Pattle18 May 2024 12:28

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Fury vs Usyk LIVE: How much heavier is Fury than Usyk?

However, ring announcer Michael Buffer misheard what the officials had said after Usyk took to the scales in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he will box Fury.

Usyk in fact weighed in at 223lb, narrowly surpassing his career-high of 221lb – at which he beat Anthony Joshua twice, in 2021 and 2022, and Daniel Dubois in 2023.

The revelation came hours after the weigh-in finished, as close-up footage emerged on social media.

Meanwhile, Fury was 262lb – 15.7lb lighter than the 277.7lb at which he barely beat Francis Ngannou in October. That was a career-heaviest for the Briton.

Alex Pattle18 May 2024 11:50

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Fury vs Usyk LIVE: How will purse be split in main event?

Reports suggest that Fury is contracted to earn around 70 per cent of a total purse thought to be worth around $150m (£116m), with a clause stating Fury must donate £1m of his earnings to Ukraine amid its ongoing war against Russia.

While the final figure will not be known until after the fight, Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum has claimed that his fighter will earn more than $100m (£78m) from the showdown.

“If you told Tyson Fury he’s set to make $100m, he’d really get p***ed off because he thinks, and I think he’s right, that he’s going to make a lot more,” said Arum. “I don’t know the number, but it’s a lot more than $100m.”

Alex Pattle18 May 2024 11:12

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Laura Woods reveals shocking reason she won’t be presenting Fury v Usyk coverage on TNT Sports

Woods, who anochors Champions League coverage for TNT as well as leading ITV’s Women’s World Cup broadcasting last year, posted to Instagram late on Friday to explain why she would not be in place for the Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk fight – including photographs of the gruesome injury above and below her eye, as well as on the side of her face and arm.

Karl Matchett18 May 2024 10:52

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Fury vs Usyk LIVE: Odds for main event

Betway have this fight as a pick’em!

Alex Pattle18 May 2024 10:33

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