Saudi sport ministry has unveiled alternative plans for the Tyson Fury versus Oleksandr Usyk unification bout with former boxing champion, Anthony Joshua named as a surprise candidate.


Last week, the undisputed heavyweight world title clash was postponed from February 17 to May 18 due to a cut suffered in sparring by Fury.


However, in an announcement by chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, Turki Alalshikh, an arrangement has been made for a forfeiture of $10million if either man does not fight on the rearranged date.


He added that if Fury pulls out, Usyk will get to face an opponent of his choosing on May 18 but if Usyk pulls out, Fury vs Joshua will likely take place on May 18.


Joshua is first set to face Francis Ngannou on March 8, with many believing this would likely be too quick of a turnaround for him to then fight Fury or Usyk.


However, his promoter Eddie Hearn has promised that the Brit will be ready for boxing four times in 11 months last year.



February 12, 2024

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