Tyson Fury, the WBC and The Ring heavyweight champion, has agreed to face Oleksandr Usyk, the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion, in a historic unification bout. The fight is expected to take place in late 2023 or early 2024, depending on Fury’s upcoming clash with Francis Ngannou, the former UFC heavyweight champion, on Oct. 28.
Fury’s promoter, Bob Arum, revealed that the unification fight with Usyk will be a massive payday for ‘The Gypsy King’, who will earn well over $100 million for the showdown.
"Tyson has to take care of business on October 28, when he fights Ngannou, and then we’re off to the races with the unified heavyweight championship. If you told Tyson Fury he’s set to make a$100 million, he’d really get pissed off because he thinks, and I think he’s right, that he’s going to make a lot more. I don’t know the number, but it’s a lot more than $100 million,” Arum told the media.
Fury, who has won every major belt in the heavyweight division, has set his sights on becoming the highest-paid athlete in the world and making a Hollywood movie.
“I’ve got new goals. I want to top the Forbes list for the highest paid athlete for the year, and I want to make a Hollywood movie,” Fury said to Queensberry Promotions. “I’ve completed the game in the ring, it’s done. I’ve done everything there is to do and won every belt there is to win.”
However, Fury will have to overcome Ngannou first, who is making his boxing debut after losing his UFC title to Ciryl Gane. Ngannou is known for his knockout power and poses a serious threat to Fury’s plans. If Fury loses to Ngannou, he will have to face him again in a rematch before he can take on Usyk.