Tyson Fury announcement coming next week and Oleksandr Usyk thinks boxing star 'isn't serious'

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Tyson Fury's boxing fight with Oleksandr Usyk is finally set to take place in February 2024

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 06/11/2023

- 11:55

The Gypsy King is set to finally face the Ukrainian in February 2024

A new date for Tyson Fury's fight with Oleksandr Usyk is set to be announced next week, according to the Ukrainian's promoter Alex Krassyuk.

And he's also claimed the 35-year-old thinks the Gypsy King 'isn't serious' in the wake of his recent victory over Francis Ngannou.

Fury went into the contest with Ngannou expected to blow his opponent away given his vast boxing experience.

But his opponent knocked him down in round three and, in the end, the Brit was only able to win via split decision.

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Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk had originally been set to fight in December


Fury had been due to go up against Usyk on December 23, even boasting he'd have a big turkey for Christmas due to the money he's set to be paid.

But the fight is now due to be pushed back due to the boxer needing more time to recover.

Usyk's promoter, Krassyuk, has now confirmed an announcement regarding a new date is coming next week.

“He’s absolutely ready to go and he knows how to deal with Tyson,” he said of Usyk during an interview with Boxing News.

“That’s why I feel confident, that’s why I feel relaxed about this fight.

“The only thing that I’m really concerned about is to make this fight happen.

"In the contract, it was December 23, but it’s a matter of common sense and common reason.

"If a fighter isn’t ready to go, you cannot make him.

“We would rather stay flexible, stay relaxed.

"We have settled already on the new date [in February] and next week, we’re going to announce it; hopefully, of course."

Krassyuk also claims Usyk thinks Fury 'isn't serious' and believes the Brit was playing a game during his recent win over Ngannou.

“When you treat your opponent with disrespect when you overlook your opponent, sometimes s**t happens," he added.

"That was an unlucky night for our guy.

“From a boxing point of view, Tyson Fury won the fight. The fight is scored by the rounds.

"So, according to my card, he was a couple of rounds ahead, and that’s normal.

"He lost a couple of rounds. One round, he definitely lost for having a knockdown, but in general, he won.

“The emotional impression was an absolute underdog, an MMA fighter with zero chance, suddenly fires up the world.

"So now Tyson Fury is in the position of being frustrated about what the world has about him.

“The only man who doesn’t trust Tyson Fury is Oleksandr Usyk because he still thinks Tyson Fury was playing a game [in his fight with Ngannou].

“He thinks Tyson Fury was not serious.


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"When he steps foot into the ring with Oleksandr Usyk, he will be at his best.”

Fury's fight with Usyk could be a mismatch due to the difference in height between the two men.

Yet Krassyuk is relaxed over the differences and doesn't think it will have any impact on the upcoming fight.

“Size doesn’t matter much, especially in boxing,” the promoter stated.

“My experience tells me that it’s not about size, it’s about skills, it’s about mindset, mentality and boxing IQ.

"This is what makes you victorious.”

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