Fury vs Usyk: Tyson Fury shoves Oleksandr Usyk in weigh-in clash and says ‘I’m coming for his heart!’ | Boxing News

Tyson Fury shoved Oleksandr Usyk back in their final confrontation ahead of Saturday’s undisputed world heavyweight championship clash, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

On Friday night in Riyadh, at 262lbs (18st 10lbs) Fury was significantly lighter for this contest than his last fight, while Usyk was a substantial career heaviest at 233½lbs (16st 9lbs), about 12lbs more than he’d ever scaled before.

At the final press conference on Thursday Fury had declined to make eye contact with Usyk, denying him a staredown.

This time he backed down from nothing, rounding on Usyk and shoving him. They could not face off for much longer as the two fighters and their entourages had to be separated.

Fury vs Usyk: Last five weights

Tyson Fury Oleksandr Usyk
262lbs 233 1/2lbs
277.7 lbs (vs Francis Ngannou, 2023) 220.9 lbs (vs Daniel Dubois, 2023)
268.75 lbs (vs Derek Chisora, 2022) 221.5 lbs (vs Anthony Joshua, 2022)
265.5 lbs (vs Dillian Whyte, 2022) 221.25 lbs (vs Anthony Joshua, 2021)
277 lbs (vs Deontay Wilder, 2021) 217.25 lbs (vs Derek Chisora, 2020)

So much is on the line in this fight.

The undisputed heavyweight champion has historically been one of the most famous men in the world. That prize is on offer to the winner of this fight, it comes along with supremacy in boxing’s most important division.

This bout is all the more significant as, at long last, it will decide the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the four-belt ruler and the first sole heavyweight king since Lennox Lewis held that status 25 years ago.

Lewis, as well as great heavyweight champions Evander Holyfield, Larry Holmes and Wladimir Klitschko were all in attendance just for this way.

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Have the mind games begun? Tyson Fury refuses to face off with Oleksandr Usyk ahead of their huge undisputed heavyweight title clash on Saturday

Fury’s fame though already extends across the world. A remarkable number of his supporters had made it to Riyadh and they clustered round the stage that had been set up in an open square, cheering uproariously.

They were in full voice too hours ahead of Fury’s appearance on the scales and reached fever pitch by the time the main event fighters presented themselves.

The showmanship was in full effect as both arrived in front of a corridor of flame. Usyk danced in with his IBF, WBO and WBA titles held aloft behind him.

Usyk was casually dressed in a T-shirt while Fury, already topless, strode in emanating confidence, that rapidly changed to, well, you could say fury.

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Tyson Fury reveals why he refused to face-off with Oleksandr Usyk in their final press conference ahead of Saturday’s fight

“I’m ready to rock and roll,” Fury roared. “I’m going to knock this little [guy] spark out.

“I’m coming for his heart. [Forget] his belts I’m coming for his heart.”

Usyk was composed after their clash. He didn’t sound intimidated in the least.

He had a last message for Fury too: “Don’t be afraid…”

The stage, finally is set.

‘It’s going to be electric’

Two world title fights are on the undercard of the big show at the Kingdom Arena on Saturday.

Welsh IBF super-featherweight champion Joe Cordina made weight precisely at 130lbs.

“I’ve had two camps back-to-back, it’s been a long time coming. I’m just glad I’m here now,” Cordina said. “More prepared than I’ve ever been for a fight.

“He knows what’s coming. He’s going to bring it. I’m going to bring it.

“It’s going to be electric.”

Belfast’s Anthony Cacace, his challenger was 129lbs 13oz. “I’m very excited to be here and just doing my usual thing,” he said. “I’m just here to fight, I know he’s a very good operator.

“But I’m here to do the damage.”

Excellent unbeaten Australian Jai Opetaia (198.1lbs) looks to win back the IBF cruiserweight title that he never lost in the ring against former opponent Mairis Briedis (199.1lbs).

Their first fight was savage, and the second will be too. Opetaia warned: “If I’ve got to break my jaw again, so be it, winning is a must.”

It’s one of the biggest sporting events in a generation. Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk collide for the undisputed world heavyweight championship on Saturday May 18, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book the fight now.