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Usyk-Fury heavyweight rematch set on December 21

AP – The heavyweight rematch between undisputed world champion Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury will take place on December 21 in Saudi Arabia, according to the advisor who organises boxing events in the kingdom.

Chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority Turki Alalshikh confirmed the date of the fight on X, formerly Twitter, yesterday.

He said it will take place in Riyadh, the location of the first fight on May 19.

“The world will watch another historical fight again,” he wrote. “Our commitment to boxing fans continues … We hope you enjoy it.”

Usyk became the first undisputed heavyweight champion since 2000 when he defeated Fury by split decision, earning a narrow win on two scorecards. The 37-year-old Ukrainian is the first heavyweight to hold every major title belt since Lennox Lewis.

It was Fury’s first loss as a professional.

Oleksandr Usyk leaves the ring after beating Tyson Fury in their undisputed heavyweight world championship boxing fight at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. PHOTO: AP