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FSM Essential Preview: Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk – 2024 – Bonus Game Notes

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The Undisputed Heavyweight Championship will be on the line as Tyson Fury faces Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia.

 

Saturday night, a world champion of heavyweight boxing will be crowned for the first time in 24 years. As WBC Champion Tyson Fury (34-0-1) and WBA, WBO, and IBF Champion Oleksandr Usyk (21-0) finally settle their ongoing feud, the two champions will also decide who is the best heavyweight in the world at the Kingdom Arena in Saudi Arabia.

Main Event: Tyson Fury (-120) vs Oleksandr Usyk (+100)

 

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The tension and build-up for this heavyweight championship was on full display to begin the week of the fight as John Fury, Tyson Fury’s father, headbutted a member of Oleksandr Usyk’s team during an altercation at a media event.

It has become a typical sighting during fight week for John Fury to hype his son’s fights with some over-the-top scenes. His actions Monday morning, though, seemed even more out of control than usual. Considering what is at stake when his eldest son and Usyk enter the ring on May 18th, Fury could be forgiven for letting his emotions get the best of him.

As the WBC champion, not many fighters stand above Tyson Fury in boxing’s heavyweight division. Whether it’s his dominant performances in the ring or his boisterous personality in the media, the undefeated “Gypsy King” has proven to be one of the biggest names in boxing and has remained at the top of the heavyweight division since his return to boxing in 2018. Now, in his 36th professional fight, Fury will have the opportunity to be the first fighter since Lennox Lewis in 2000 to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

The only thing on his path is the other boxer with the same opportunity come fight night: WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.

 

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As the former undisputed cruiserweight champion, Usyk has plenty of championship pedigree coming into his fight for the undisputed heavyweight title. After two title defenses of his undisputed cruiserweight title, Usyk jumped to the heavyweight division in October 2019. The undefeated Ukrainian made quick work of his first two opponents before defeating Anthony Joshua for the WBA, WBO, and IBF titles in 2021. Usyk defended his titles against Joshua in their rematch in 2022 and against Daniel Dubois in 2023.

With an undefeated record and plenty of experience unifying and defending titles, Usyk is a dangerous opponent with plenty of motivation to hand Fury the first loss of his career.

Multiple factors will play a role in who comes out of Saturday’s main event victorious. With the height difference between the two champions, Fury at 6’9 and Usyk at 6’3, overall size and reach will benefit the lengthy Fury. Usyk’s constant movement will help the Ukrainian champion avoid Fury’s mass and allow him to find his shots. Outside of Fury’s bulking figure, the British champion has also shown the ability to adapt in the moment and adjust to whatever will ultimately keep him in the fight.

It will ultimately be a close fight that could end up being a war up to the judges’ decisions and potentially deliver one of the biggest nights in the history of boxing.

 

Undercard:

 

Jai Opetaia vs. Mairis Briedis – vacant IBF cruiserweight Title

Joe Cordina vs. Anthony Cacace – IBF super featherweight title

Frank Sanchez vs. Agit Kabayel – Heavyweight bout

Moses Itauma vs. IIija Mezencev – Heavyweight bout

Mark Chamberlain vs. Joshua Wahab – Lightweight bout

Sergey Kovalev vs. Robin Sirawn Safar – Light heavyweight bout

Daniel Lapin vs. Octavio Pudivtr – Light heavyweight bout

David Nyika vs. Michael Seitz – Cruiserweight bout

Isaac Lowe vs. Hasibullah Ahmadi – Featherweight bout

 

Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk takes place Saturday, May 18th, at the Kingdom Arena in Saudi Arabia at 3 pm PT. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

 

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