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Tyson Fury says undisputed heavyweight clash is ‘D-Day’ for him and Oleksandr Usyk as they won’t be able to compete in another era | World News

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This weekend’s undisputed heavyweight clash is “D-Day” for both fighters, Tyson Fury has warned.

The British boxer is set to face off against Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday.

The long-awaited fight will see the unbeaten rivals face each other for the first time as well as an undisputed champion crowned for the first time since 1999.

The fight was originally scheduled for February, but had to be pushed back after Fury suffered a “freak” cut on his face.

With the fight just a few days away, tensions have ratcheted up after an incident at a hotel during a media day this week saw Fury’s dad, John Fury, appear to headbutt a member of Usyk’s entourage.

Speaking to Sky News, Fury said that the fight was his and Usyk’s “D-Day” due to their age.

He said: “I think we’ll find out on Saturday whose destiny it is, mine or his.

“We both can’t have the destiny of being the undisputed in this era, and we won’t be young enough to go into another era undisputed.

“So it’s D-Day for both fighters.”

Fury spoke out ahead of the fight this weekend
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Fury spoke out ahead of the fight this weekend

Boxing - Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk - Press Conference - HERE at Outernet, London, Britain - November 16, 2023 Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury face off during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
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Fury and Usyk square off in a press conference. Pic: Reuters

‘Another day at the office’

However, despite the gravity of the event, Fury said he was unbothered by the pressure and described it as “just another day in the office”.

Having already achieved his childhood ambition of becoming heavyweight champion of the world, Fury said he had been “riding the wave of that” ever since.

Fury said: “For me it’s just another day in the office, I’m here to get paid and get laid and go home.

“It’s never been about belts and all that sort of stuff, all that sort of stuff is based on someone else’s opinion.

“For me it’s about getting my money, going home, walking the dog, doing the school run, just being left alone really.

“I’m not interested in going into movies and having a successful career after boxing.”

However, he had a few choice words for his opponent, Usyk, despite describing him as a “good fighter” and “accomplished boxer”.

“I’ve never said Usyk isn’t a good boxer, I’ve called him an ugly little rabbit dosser. That’s what I’ve called him. But I’ve never said his boxing was bad,” Fury told Sky News.

However, Fury admitted his days fighting in the UK were likely behind him – due to what he claimed were the lengthy delays getting a bout organised and off the ground in his home country.

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Tyson Fury’s dad clashes with Usyk’s team

Despite Fury’s strong words, Usyk has claimed he isn’t being drawn on anything said this week.

“I’m doing good, I’m happy and I’m hungry. I don’t care how Tyson will be this week. I’m ready,” he said.

He continued: “For me 18 May is important, what Tyson does in the press conferences doesn’t matter.”

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How to watch the fight

Ring walks for the main fight are expected to take place at 11pm on 18 May, with coverage of the build-up starting at 4pm on Sky Sports Box Office.

Two hours of the undercard are also available on Sky Sports Action from 4pm.

The main event will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office and Sky Sports Box Office HD.

The event is £24.95 for Sky customers in the UK and €27.95 for Sky (and Virgin Media) customers in the Republic of Ireland.

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