Fury v Usyk: A cheat sheet to the most anticipated fight of the quarter

Fury v Usyk: A cheat sheet to the most anticipated fight of the quarter

The two heavy-weight champions will go glove-to-glove this weekend, and this is everything you need to know for your watercooler chats in the office
16 May 24
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Not a full fledged boxing fan just yet, but getting into the swing of things?

We've got you covered with this comprehensive breakdown of the Fury v Usyk fight night happening this weekend.

The Kingdom is fast becoming the go-to destination for all things to do with combat sports, from intense wrestling events to high octane MMA cage fights and iconic boxing line ups, Saudi Arabia is officially on the global sporting radar.

Chairman of the GEA, Turki Alalshik has been heavily involved in the development and production of this season's sporting events, from a number of football matches to the tennis tournaments and of course, the now numerous boxing bouts that have graced the ring at the purpose-built Kingdom Arena stadium.

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And this is everything you need to know about the boxing match this weekend:

What is this weekend's fight night called?

As part of the extended Riyadh Season sporting calendar, this weekend will see the event know as 'Undisputed: Ring of Fire' come to life.

Who is fighting this weekend?

Undisputed: Ring of Fire will see the undefeated WBC Heavyweight Champion of the world, Tyson Fury clash against Unified Champion, Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine.

Fury has become a regular name on the Riyadh Season boxing bill, having fought numerous times throughout the Riyadh Season schedule including headlining the inaugural boxing event, the Battle of the Baddest which took place in October 2023. It was during this match where the world watched on as Fury retained his title as the World Boxing Championship Heavyweight champion of the world beating skilled, mixed martial arts expert, Francis Ngannou over ten high energy rounds.

Holding an Olympic gold medal, Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk is equally as respected in the world of boxing. Since defeating Anthony Joshua in 2021, the Ukrainian fighter holds several the WBA, WBO, and IBF titles. Usyk successfully defended these titles in a rematch against Joshua last summer in the Kingdom, winning by decision. In October 2023, Usyk once again retained his IBF, WBA and WBO world titles when he knocked out Britain's Daniel Dubois, bringing the fight to a halt in its ninth round. Usyk continues to maintain his undefeated record and now takes on the battle of heavyweight after transitioning from cruiserweight, where he held the title of undisputed and undefeated champion.

When, where and what time will this fight take place?

Originally scheduled for February 17, Ring of Fire is now set to take place this weekend on Friday May 17 running into Saturday May 18 at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh. The purpose built, premium sporting stadium boasts an impressive capacity of 26,000, with the nearby Boulevard Hall able to hold additional capacity.

A number of undercard fights will take place over the course of two hours from 6pm on Friday May 17.

Whilst the main event will take place at 1am KSA time, in the early hours of Saturday May 19.

Ring of Fire Undercard KSA Time: For 2 hours from 6pm, Friday May 17
Fury v Usyk KSA Time: 1am, Saturday May 18

Ring of Fire Undercard UK Time: For 2 hours from 4pm, Friday May 17
Fury v Usyk UK Time: 11pm, Friday May 17

How many rounds will the Undisputed: Ring of Fire be?

The hotly anticipated heavyweight championship is expected to take place over 12 rounds (or maybe less!).

Is there a title or belt up for grabs this weekend?

Slated as the biggest boxing event of 2024 so far, the Ring of Fire will be an intense, championship fight. The title of 'Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion' will be on the line, with both men equally poised to pinch the win.

Fury's WBC title is on the line, alongside Usyk's WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

The title belt was unveiled in late January ahead of the original date. The belt is emblazoned with the words 'Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion'. The belt showcases luxurious mix of gold, red and black leather. Not only is an impressive title on the line, the belt itself is a prize worth having.

I don't have tickets, how and where can I watch the fight?

If you haven't managed to get your hands on tickets for the most anticipated boxing match of the quarter, don't worry - you can catch it streamed live throughout the evening through various Pay-Per-View websites and accesses.

This match is set to be steamed live on Sky Sports Box Office and Sky Sports Action, click here for pricing details.

And, event sponsors DAZN will also be streaming the fight in a PPV capacity, click here for pricing details.

Fury v Usyk: The Stats

Tyson Fury

  • United Kingdom
  • Heavyweight
  • 35 years old
  • 6ft 9inches
  • Reach: 85inches
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • 34 wins: 10 KOs, 24 decisions
  • 0 losses

Oleksandr Usyk

  • Ukraine
  • Heavyweight (previously cruiser)
  • 37 years old
  • 6ft 3inches
  • Reach 78 inches
  • Stance: Southpaw
  • 21 wins: 14 KOs, 7 decisions
  • 0 losses

Who will fight on the undercard?

  • Jai Opetaia vs Mairis Briedis: for the now vacant IBF cruiserweight title previously held by Usyk
  • Mark Chamberlain vs Joshua Oluwaseun Wahab
  • Sergey Kovalev vs Robin Sirwan Safar
  • Isaac Lowe vs Hasibullah Ahmadi
  • David Nyika vs Michael Seitz
  • Moses Itauma vs Ilja Mezencev
  • Agit Kabayel vs Frank Sanchez

Undisputed: Ring of Fire, Fury v Usyk

Undercard from 4pm KSA time, Friday May 17
Fury v Usyk Weigh In & Press Conference from 7pm, Friday May 17
Fury v Usyk from 1am KSA time, Saturday May 1

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