It appears that the heavyweight division is one step closer to crowning an undisputed champion. Oleksandr Usyk’s manager, Egis Klimas, has informed Talk Sport that representatives for both fighters have engaged in “advanced “negotiations.” At this point, Klimas believes that the fight will more than likely take place in Saudia Arabia anywhere from February 18, 2023 through March 4, 2023.
“I’ve been speaking with Queensbury promotions before and we spoke to Top Rank [on Thursday] morning on a conference call,” Klimas told Talk Sport.
“All of us got together and we are almost done, there is not much left to talk [about].”
Each fighter enters the bout with an undefeated record and a piece of the heavyweight crown. After moving up to the heavyweight division, Usyk has improved his record to 20-0 with 13 knockouts by defeating Derek Chisora and Anthony Joshua to capture the WBO, IBO, IBF and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles. Meanwhile, Fury has returned from a three-year absence to defeat Deontay Wilder, Derek Chisora and Dillian Whyte en route to the WBC Heavyweight Championship.
“Two heavyweights, the best in the sport today, undisputed heavyweight championship bout, that is what the fans need,” Klimas told Talk Sport.
If the bout comes to fruition, it would add to a stacked boxing slate in 2023. Within the first four months of the year, Ryan Garcia is expected to fight Gervonta “Tank” Davis, Tim Tszyu is expected to challenge Jermell Charlo and Caleb Plant is expected to battle David Benavidez.