Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk set winter rematch date according to Saudi official

A Christmas showdown, no less!

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 29th May 2024

The rematch between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk has been set for this winter, according to the latest update from Saudi Arabia’s general entertainment authority.

Fury and Usyk finally held their highly-anticipated bout earlier this month after what felt like an eternity of ‘will they won’t they?’, a fight which ended in the Ukrainian delivering the Manc boxer’s first-ever professional defeat and becoming the first undisputed heavyweight in 24 years.

However, with the new unified champion having won the match via a split decision, Fury was quick to insist that he believed he should have been named as the victor, even going so far as to suggest that the judges let their sympathies for the war in Ukraine affect the final decision.

In truth, there was also a rematch clause built into the contract, so the announcement of Fury vs Usyk II itself comes as no surprise, but now we look to have an official date for the fight already.

As per Saudi official Turki Alalshikh, who shared the news on his own social media, the second bout will take place during the festive period, with the next instalment of what will likely go on to be a trilogy of fights scheduled for 21 December 2024.


Alalshikh went on to add: “The world will watch another historical fight again. Our commitment to boxing fans continues. We hope you enjoy it.”

With Usyk remaining unbeaten in all of his 22 professional fights at the age of 37, many argued he was well within his right to retire as an undefeated champ like many other boxers coming towards the end of their career, however, it seems that another edition of Riyadh Season will be arriving later this year.


As the official state-run entertainment festival and programme for Saudia Arabia and boxers receiving big paydays to host fights in the Middle East, you can expect many other blockbuster fights to take place in the Gulf state for the foreseeable future too.

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While neither camp has yet come out to confirm the fight has been agreed upon or shared any form of update/announcement, but with the host nation itself seemingly giving the green light publicly, it looks to be a done deal.

That being said, we all know how many times these two called off previous scheduled dates for the long-awaited boxing match so don’t be too surprised if the date gets pushed back somehow – though a big fight just before Christmas does sound like a nice early gift.


Do you think Fury can bounce back to win all four belts, or will Usyk once again prove himself to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time?

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