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Tyson Fury hits a significant mark before his undisputed bout with Oleksandr Usyk.

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In just fifteen days, Tyson Fury will square off against Oleksandr Usyk; this is the same amount of time that he was at prior to canceling their first encounter.
On May 18 in Saudi Arabia, bitter rivals Fury and Usyk square off for the undisputed heavyweight world titles. The superfight was originally scheduled to take place in February, but it was postponed three months due to Fury’s forced withdrawal following a gash above his eye during one of his last sparring sessions.

According to Ty Mitchell, the British fighter has now accomplished a significant step towards the rescheduled bout by finishing his last sparring session. Fury and Usyk will have to pay a £10 million fine if they are forced to leave for any other reason, but this eliminates the possibility of history repeating itself.

“We made that request during the negotiation process,” Egis Klimas, manager of Usyk, stated. “We told the Saudis to make sure they included the penalty if they were going to move the fight.” Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk has drafted in mandatory world title challenger Filip Hrgovic as a backup in case Fury is unable to make the fight once more.

“[Hrgovic] is preparing for Daniel Dubois on June 1st, but he must be prepared on May 18th in case Tyson needs to be replaced for whatever reason. We risk losing the [IBF] world title if we don’t. It was a prerequisite for us. For this fight, Usyk has really set up three camps. He began training in September in preparation for the December bout, he disclosed to Boxing Scene.

“After that, our fight was originally scheduled for February 17 but was moved to May. Tyson Fury has already pulled out of this fight four times. Recall that in April of last year, we were planning a fight; he pulled out at that time as well. We fought Daniel Dubois for this reason. Tyson Fury will be attending his fourth camp at this time.”

Since controversially defeating former UFC champion Francis Ngannou on points last October, Fury has not competed. Having previously held all four cruiserweight titles, Usyk wants to become the undisputed champion at two weights, although the Brit will have a significant size advantage in the ring.

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