- Francis Ngannou is likely to headline the December 23 show in Saudi Arabia
- An announcement about the fight is expected at some point in the next week
- Eddie Hearn reacts to Fury vs Ngannou on THE HOOK – our new boxing podcast
The latter two had been set to fight on that date but Fury emerged battered and bruised after his controversial win against Ngannou in October.
Fury was even knocked down and now needs more time to recover than expected after his narrow scorecard win.
Francis Ngannou is reportedly set to headline the December 23 event in Saudi Arabia
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk were originally supposed to but will now meet in February
The Gypsy King needs longer to recover than expected after a bruising contest with Ngannou
Boxing News’ report also states that Martin Bakole and Moses Itauma are expected to be invited back after impressing the Saudis with their respective knockouts.
Usyk and Fury were originally take part in the December 23 event, mid-way through the Riyadh season and the former’s promoter said that the Gypsy King ‘cannot escape that’.
After his fight with Ngannou, with nasty purple bruising around his battered left eye, Fury insisted: ‘I’ve only got some surface bruising.
‘There was a little bit of a head clash and a few punches but nothing major, no serious injuries.’
Morecambe’s WBC heavyweight king had agreed a deal with the WBA, IBF and WBO to contest all the belts.
When asked flat-out if December 23 was still on the cards, he said: ‘I leave all that to my team, I don’t get involved’.
Usyk and Fury were supposed to fight for all the belts in December but that will have to wait