Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk: when is the fight, how to watch and the undercard line-up

Only one of Fury and Usyk will emerge as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world – AFP/DANIEL LEAL

Tyson Fury fights Oleksandr Usyk in an undisputed world heavyweight title fight on Saturday and says he is not concerned about his legacy as a fighter.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Telegraph SportsFury said: “I don’t worry too much about what people will say in 100 years. The dust from our bones will no longer exist in a hundred years, let alone what they say about a boxing match in a hundred years.”

Meanwhile, members of Usyk’s camp have mocked Fury’s slimmed-down physique, suggesting the Brit is nervous.

When is Fury vs. Usyk?

The undisputed heavyweight clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk takes place on Saturday. The ring walks are expected to take place around 11pm (BST).

The much-hyped meeting was originally due to take place in Saudi Arabia in February but was postponed after the Brit suffered a “freak cut” above the eye during training.

Other events to watch out for this week leading up to the fight include open training at 7pm UK time on Wednesday, a press conference at 7pm UK time on Thursday and the weighing at 6pm UK time on Friday.

During a media event on Monday, Tyson’s father John Fury headbutted a member of Usyk’s entourage.

Where will the fight be held?

The fight will take place in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Both teams flew to Saudi Arabia earlier this month to begin the build-up to the fight.

How can I watch it in the UK?

Uniquely for an event of this magnitude, the fight will be available in the UK via DAZN, Sky Sports and TNT Sports.

The cost is £24.95 via Sky Sports Box Office; or £24.99 for new DAZN customers (that price also includes a monthly subscription to the streaming service). For existing customers it costs €23.99. TNT Sports Box Office will charge viewers £24.99 to watch the fight.

What is at stake?

Most importantly, boxing will have an undisputed heavyweight champion for the first time since Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield in Las Vegas 25 years ago.

Speaking to Telegraph Sport, Lewis explained why it has taken so long to get an uncontested match back on the agenda and why there was so little trash talking in his day.

Fury holds the WBC belt, which he won in 2020 when he defeated Deontay Wilder. He has defended that title three times, against Wilder, Dillian Whyte and, most recently, Derek Chisora.

Usyk has held the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles since beating Anthony Joshua in 2021. He had defended those titles twice: in a rematch with Joshua and most recently against Daniel Dubois.

Both Fury and Usyk are undefeated in their professional boxing careers so far. The winner will become the first undisputed heavyweight champion in the four-belt era.

Why was the fight moved?

The fight was postponed from its original date in February after Fury suffered a cut above his eye during sparring caused by an elbow from Agron Smakici.

Leaked footage of the sparring session appeared to show that an elbow caused the cut, but Smakici insists this was accidental. “When you see the punch, I know I threw a clear punch, but the way he held my head, he pulled my head towards him. That might also be why the elbow came through. But first and foremost it was a blow. It was a freak accident.”

Usyk: My victory will be for Ukraine

Usyk says if he wins, this could be his last fight in this division. “Maybe I’ll go back to cruiserweight and win,” said the former undisputed cruiserweight champion.

“I feel incredible, just as good as I did at the 2012 Olympics. Just as young and energetic, and with a great desire to move forward,” he added. “It is the most important fight of my career, my sporting career and my sporting life. I want to say that my victory is the victory of the entire Ukrainian people. And defeat is personal.

“I was worried about Tyson Fury, that there might be injuries and that our fight might not happen,” he added. “If he performed, I think he deserves an Oscar. It has to happen because we have a contract. It’s only a problem for Tyson Fury. He signed a contract, so he has to fight. It’s been an incredible journey. I can do anything now.”

Fury: ‘I’m going to get paid, get laid and come back to Morecambe Bay’

Speak with Telegraph SportsFury has revealed his motivation for tying the belts.

‘So I go there to get paid, have sex and come back to Morecambe Bay.’ he said. “I’m probably not even going to buy anything because I don’t need anything. I’ll go to the store and buy some groceries, probably tighter than today. I’ll do the rematch exactly the same, get paid, get laid, come home to Morecambe Bay, and still not buy anything.

As for his tactics, Fury confirmed that his intention is to dominate the smaller man with his size and power. “I want to do a demolition job on him,” he said. “I just want to beat the crazy sausage. Yes, Usyk is fast, talented, he beat a great heavyweight twice in Anthony Joshua, but AJ is one dimensional, has one pace and I could beat him with a blindfold on. I’m just different.”

Who’s on the undercard lineup?

Jai Opetaia gets a rematch against a man he defeated to become cruiserweight champion of the world, Mairis Briedis. They will fight for the vacant IBF cruiserweight championship.

Joe Cordina makes a second defense of his IBF super-featherweight crown and will fight Belfast’s IBO world champion, Anthony Cacace.

German heavyweight Agit Kabayel will face the Cuban boxer Frank Sanchez.

Sergei Kovalev fights Robin Sirwan Safar at cruiser weight.

Britain Mark Chamberlain accepts Joshua Oluwaseun Wahab at lightweight.

Isaac LoweTyson Fury’s cousin, takes over Hasibullah Ahmadi at featherweight.

David Nyikathe 6ft 8in Kiwi cruiserweight, will fight Michael Seitz.

Heavyweight Moses Itauma will be confronted Ilya Mezencev.

What are the chances?

  • Rage to win: 10/11

  • Usyk to win: 10/11

  • To draw: 12/1

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