Usyk vs Fury 2: DATE, time, TV channel, live stream and PPV prices

Oleksandr Usyk vs Tyson Fury 2 is set to take place later this year to run back one of the greatest heavyweight boxing matches in living memory.

Usyk became the sport’s first undisputed heavyweight champion in 25 long years when he outpointed ‘The Gypsy King’ by a whisker following 12 absolutely thrilling rounds in the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh on May 18.

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Now it appears all roads lead to the same venue in the Autumn as the big-spending Saudis look to kick off another massive Riyadh Season with a huge bang.

The rematch was contracted as part of the first fight, and we already know that Fury has agreed to go forward with that plan – we just now await confirmation from Usyk. But that is expected to be a mere formality.

When is Usyk vs Fury 2

The bout is pencilled in for Saturday December 21, 2024. Again at Riyadh’s Kingdom Arena.

As with the first meeting between these two boxing behemoths, ring walks will be expected to take place shortly after 11pm UK time. That is midnight in central Europe or 6pm Eastern Standard Time or 3pm PST in the United States.

Usyk vs Fury 2 on TV: channel and live stream details

We expect TV details to be very similar to the first meeting – Saudi General Entertainment Authority Turki Alalshikh has been keen to spread the promotion for his shows far and wide.

As a result the first fight was aired live by three different PPV outlets in the UK alone – DAZN PPV, Sky Sports Box Office and TNT Sports. They all priced just shy of £25.

In the U.S. two outlets had the PPV rights – DAZN PPV and ESPN PPV. They priced at $69.99.

Venue and tickets

The venue will again be the Kingdom Arena and tickets will go on sale as soon as the bout is official confirmed. They started at just £14 for the first fight – some bargain…

What is at stake?

The first fight was for all of the heavyweight titles, but the rematch will take us back to boxing’s frustrating politics.

We expect Usyk to vacate the IBF title in the coming days as part of his Fury contract, so he can go ahead with the Fury rematch instead of defending against mandatory contender Filip Hrgovic.

That means Usyk will hold the WBC, WBO, WBA, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles heading into the Fury rematch.

The IBF title – by then will likely be held by one of three people – Filip Hrgovic, Daniel Dubois or Anthony Joshua. It’s expected Hrgovic vs Dubois on June 1 will be for the vacant IBF title with the winner defending against Joshua at London’s Wembley Stadium on September 21.

The winner of that September fight would then – in theory – be in line to face the winner of Usyk vs Fury 2. Potentially for all of the marbles again. Confusing? Yes, we know.

Latest odds

By the time the two men got into the ring for their first meeting on May 18, the oddsmakers could hardly split them. Both men were 10/11 with most firms, with the Draw as low as 11/1. Unheard of.

Those forecasts were pretty spot on given the close nature of the actual result, but now we have a clear favourite for the rematch.

Usyk is trading around the 4/6 mark with Fury 6/4 and the Draw 16/1.

The weights

The weigh-in for Usyk vs Fury 2 should take place in Riyadh on Friday December 20, 2024.

For the first fight Fury tipped the scales at 262lbs (18st 10lbs), 15lbs lighter than for his previous outing vs Francis Ngannou in October 2023.

Usyk meanwhile had come in at 223.5lbs (15st 13.5lbs) – a couple of pounds heavier than for his previous outing against the aforementioned Dubois in August 2023.

Fury vs Usyk result and scorecards

That first meeting of these two men went down in heavyweight boxing history as one of THE great fights.

The first couple of rounds were difficult to score, but after that Fury appeared to boss things for five rounds, boxing beautifully to not only stop Usyk’s relentless march forward, but hurt the Ukrainian great.

Just when it looked like Oleksandr might be heading for the first defeat of his career though, he kissed his crucifix between rounds, bit down on his gumshield and went to work.

First he broke Fury’s nose and then followed up with the fight’s only knockdown in a tumultuous Round 9. He also bossed Round 10 and arguably 11 to take control of proceedings.

Fury recovered in terrific fashion but by the time he was a real factor again in the fight, in the 12th and final round, it was too late.

That 10-8 round in the ninth would prove crucial in the final reckoning when we went to the scorecards.

One judge gave it 114-113 Fury but the other two plumped for Usyk – by scores of 115-112 and 114-113 – to crown the Ukrainian as the first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999.

Oleksandr Usyk record

Oleksandr Usyk had dreamed all his life of being an undisputed world champion at cruiserweight AND heavyweight. And now both goals have been achieved, quite brilliantly.

The Ukrainian maestro, born in Simferopol on January 17, 1987 and now 37 years old, has built a perfect professional record of 22-0 – some 22 fights with 22 victories, 14 of which have come inside distance. He is much smaller than Fury of course, standing 6ft 3ins tall (1.91m) with a reach of 78ins (1.98m).

Usyk was always set for pro stardom after a glittering career which brought an amazing 335-15 record and an Olympic gold medal at London 2012.

After turning pro Usyk was an absolute monster at cruiserweight, claiming a world title in only his 10th professional fight by outpointing Krzysztof Glowacki in Poland in September 2016.

After that Usyk continued to assume the mantle of road warrior, beating the likes of Mairis Briedis, Marco Huck, Michael Hunter, Murat Gassiev and Tony Bellew in huge fights – all in his opponent’s back yard. Incredible.

After unifying the belts at cruiser with a faultless shutout vs Gassiev in Moscow in 2018, Usyk decided to move up to heavy to chase his destiny in boxing’s marquee weight class. He began with an easy stoppage of Chazz Witherspoon, and then withstood a game effort from Dereck Chisora to claim a points victory. Now it was time for a title bid.

Usyk, mandatory challenger for the WBO title held by Anthony Joshua, challenged AJ in front of more than 60,000 British fans at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September 2021. He produced a virtuoso performance to easily outpoint the defending IBF, WBA and WBO champion and almost stopped him in a one-sided 12th and final round.

The rematch with Joshua was a tougher assignment, in Jeddah in Saudi Arabi in August 2022. Joshua was much improved from the first fight and took Usyk to deep waters in Round 9 of what up to that point was a close fight.

At this moment though Usyk showed his incredible fighting heart as well as his ability to dominate the final three rounds and pull out a split decision.

We should not really have expected anything else from a man who put his boxing career on hold in early 2022 to join up for the war effort as Ukraine defended against the Russian invasion.

Usyk returned to the ring in August 2023 to meet another Briton – the dangerous Daniel Dubois. After a ‘low blow’ controversy Usyk successfully overcame his London-based opponent, rolling to a ninth-round stoppage win in Wroclaw, Poland.

Usyk was an absolute monster at cruiser – just destroying all-comers – and while heavy is a tougher challenge he has so far passed every test with flying colours.

Bar that Round 9 vs AJ, a close fight with Mairis Briedis at 200lbs and the mid-rounds in his first meeting with Fury, it’s tough to believe he has ever been in danger of losing a professional fight. He is that good.

Tyson Fury record

Tyson Luke Fury, born August 12, 1988 and now 35 years old, has a professional boxing record which currently stands at 34-1-1. A total of 36 fights with 34 victories, one solitary defeat and one draw.  Some 24 of those victories have come inside distance.

Fury, who stands 6ft 9ins tall (2.06m), is a physical freak who has incredible speed and boxing ability to match his size. A very very unusual and potent mix. He also has a reach of 85ins (2.16m).

The British star has arguable gotten better and better throughout his fighting career. He first reached the top of the heavyweight mountain by dethroning the great Wladimir Klitschko in Germany in 2015. It was a spectacular strategy boxing display from Fury, who completely befuddled the long-time champion en route to a points victory.

After that though Fury descended into the depths of despair as mental health problems led him to the brink of suicide. He ballooned to more than 400lbs in weight and spent almost three years out of the ring. The odds of even a comeback at that stage seemed very very long.

Come back he did though, and within months he was fighting the feared WBC heavyweight king Deontay Wilder for the title in Los Angeles in December 2018. Fury boxed brilliantly and despite being knocked down twice most judges felt he was unlucky not to get the victory. It was scored a draw – the only blemish on Fury’s pro ledger to date.

The rematch with Wilder was a complete rout as Fury, coming in heavier, was more aggressive under the tutelage of new trainer and Kronk disciple Javan ‘Sugarhill’ Steward. He bullied and battered ‘The Bronze Bomber’ to a stoppage defeat inside seven one-sided rounds in Las Vegas in February 2020.

Fury was then lined up for huge all-British showdown vs Anthony Joshua, but a legal challenge from Wilder scuppered that and instead Tyson lined up for a trilogy bout vs Deontay in Vegas in October 2021. It was an epic slugfest and Fury himself was on the canvas twice in Round 4 but recovered to stop the American in Round 11.

A homecoming for Fury was next, as he packed Wembley Stadium in London with more than 90,000 fans for an all-British title defence vs Dillian Whyte. It was a very one-sided affair as Fury dominated for all six rounds before landing the KO punch with a beautiful uppercut which put Dillian to sleep.

To end 2022, Fury stayed busy with a dominant 1oth-round stoppage victory over the brave but overmatched Dereck Chisora in London.

The only bout so far of 2023 for ‘The Gypsy King’ was that controversial decision victory over former UFC heavyweight king Ngannou. We now hope Usyk will be next in December.

Fury returned in 2024 for that massive showdown with Usyk, and was beaten by a whisker after a thrilling encounter.

Usyk vs Fury 2 undercard

The Fury vs Usyk undercard in May was pretty spectacular with the likes of Jai Opetaia, Agit Kabayel and Moses Itauma lighting up the early proceedings.

Expect the Saudis to put on a similarly spectacular affair in October, and we will bring you the details as soon as they are announced.