Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk world title bout likely to take place outside of UK

Tyson Fury's undisputed showdown with Oleksandr Usyk is set to go ahead outside of the UK.

The Gypsy King retained his WBC world heavyweight title with a routine victory over Derek Chisora earlier this month and immediately set his sights on Usyk who was watching on from ringside.

Talks have been ongoing over a unified bout in early 2023, with the undefeated Usyk currently holding the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.

A number of venues have been tipped to stage the fight although the most viable option appears to be Saudi Arabia, where Usyk beat Anthony Joshua in his last bout in August.

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Speaking earlier this week, the Ukrainian's manager Egis Klimas admitted: "We are aiming for Saudi. We are almost done.

"There is not much to talk, two heavyweights, the undisputed heavyweight championship bout, that's what people need."

And Fury's US promoter Bob Arum has now suggested an announcement could be made on the eagerly-anticipated fight as early as next week, in what would be an early Christmas present for fight fans.

"We're now fielding offers from around the world and hopefully by next week we'll be able to have an announcement," the Top Rank Boxing chief said.

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The fight could take place in late February or early March as Fury considers undergoing surgery on his elbow following the victory over Chisora at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Fury confronted Usyk after his fight with Chisora, with the pair going face-to-face before fellow heavyweight contender Joe Joyce threw his own name into the mix.

Screaming in Usyk's face, Fury said: "15st little m***** beat a bodybuilder, well I'm not a bodybuilder sucker; I'm going to write you off.

"You ugly little man, you ugly little man, let's get it on; You may laugh, but I will end you." Fury then called Usyk a "p****" as the Ukrainian stood on the ring apron – staring back at the Brit.


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