Fury-Usyk set for February 17 in Saudi Arabia

The eagerly-awaited and much-anticipated heavyweight unification fight between WBC champion Tyson Fury and Ukraine hero Oleksandr Usyk is set to be announced at a press conference on Thursday.

Initially, the contest was due to take place on December 23 to close out Riyadh Season in Saudi Arabia, but after Fury’s tougher-than-expected 10-round win over debutant Francis Ngannou last month, the fight was moved to February.

Initially, February 17 and 23 were under consideration but February 17 is understood to have been finalised.

Southpaw Usyk and Fury have been in one another’s crosshairs for months, with stalled negotiations that allowed Usyk to fight Daniel Dubois in Poland in August and Fury to fight Ngannou, climbing off the floor to win a tight decision.

But now the two heavyweight champions – Usyk holds the IBF, WBA and WBO belts following two wins over Anthony Joshua – look set to meet in Saudi Arabia on February 17.