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Usyk Relieved as Fury Nears Undisputed Showdown with Close Win Over Ngannou

Oleksandr Usyk, the reigning WBO, IBF, IBO, and WBA heavyweight champion, experienced a rollercoaster of emotions as he watched Tyson Fury engage in a crossover boxing match against Francis Ngannou. This event took place in Saudi Arabia, where Usyk was ringside, closely monitoring the contest. In a nail-biting encounter, Fury managed to secure a razor-close ten-round split decision over Ngannou, with the judges scoring it 96-93, 95-94 in favor of Fury, and 95-94 for Ngannou.

The fight had its intense moments, with Fury getting dropped in the third round and sustaining a cut on his forehead from an uppercut, coupled with a badly bruised left eye. As a result of the unexpected level of punishment Fury endured during this contest, his scheduled bout with Usyk, originally set for December 23 in Saudi Arabia, had to be postponed to early 2024. However, Usyk and his promoter, Alexander Krassyuk, believe that this delay will only add to the anticipation and magnitude of their eventual showdown.

Krassyuk revealed that Usyk was noticeably nervous as he watched Fury’s fight with Ngannou, as the outcome of that contest could have significantly impacted the appeal of their impending clash. He stated, “Usyk was sweating throughout the fight because there was a chance for Tyson to lose. If he lost, who would watch this fight [Fury vs. Usyk]?” The concern was that a Fury loss might have diminished the interest in the much-anticipated bout.

Despite the less-than-spectacular reception of the Fury-Ngannou match in the United States, Krassyuk is confident that the Fury-Usyk showdown will be a completely different story. Usyk, who has always displayed unwavering confidence in his abilities, notably becoming the undisputed cruiserweight champion before setting his sights on the heavyweight division, is now on the cusp of achieving undisputed status in the heavyweight ranks. With just one more belt to claim, the stage is set for a colossal clash between two exceptional fighters.

The postponement of the Fury-Usyk fight provides more time for both champions to prepare and build the excitement around this colossal matchup. Boxing fans across the globe are eagerly anticipating the showdown, which is expected to be one of the most significant fights in recent memory. As the date draws nearer, the boxing world will be closely following the journeys of Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury as they gear up to face each other in the ultimate battle for supremacy.

In the world of boxing, timing is everything. The delay in the Fury-Usyk fight may just be the catalyst needed to make this undisputed clash an unforgettable event that captures the hearts and minds of fans worldwide. The suspense is building, and the stage is set for an epic encounter between two heavyweight giants.

As Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury prepare for their historic showdown, the boxing world can hardly contain its excitement. This highly-anticipated battle promises to be a monumental event, one that will undoubtedly go down in the annals of boxing history. Stay tuned for updates as we approach the date of this colossal clash that will determine the undisputed king of the heavyweight division.

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