Fury vs Usyk Undercard: #1 Cruiserweight Jai Opetaia Among Fighters Expected To Feature On Mega Saudi Show

Fury vs Usyk Undercard: #1 Cruiserweight Jai Opetaia Among Fighters To Feature On Mega Saudi Show

Britain’s Tyson Fury and Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk will clash in a #1 vs #2 Heavyweight collision for all four belts on Saturday, February 17 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The broadcaster for this event has not been confirmed. Queensberry Promotions, Matchroom Boxing, Alex Krassyuk’s K2 Promotions, Tasman Fighters and others will be involved.

Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) scored a split-decision win over Francis Ngannou in October whilst Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs) stopped mandatory challenger Daniel Dubois in nine rounds last August in Poland.

Ex-Usyk opponent Anthony Joshua and ex-Fury opponent Ngannou will meet just a few weeks later in Riyadh on March 8.

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Fury vs Usyk Undercard

#1 Cruiserweight, Australia’s Jai Opetaia (24-0, 19 KOs) will face the former three-time cruiserweight world champion, Latvia’s Mairis Briedis (28-2, 20 KOs) in the co-feature.

The pair met in a fight of the year contender in 2022 where Opetaia announced himself to the world with a minor upset over Briedis to win the IBF and Ring Magazine world titles.

Briedis hasn’t fought since whilst Opetaia stopped two Brits in 2023, Jordan Thompson in September in his UK debut and a highlight-reel opening-round knockout of Ellis Zorro in December.

Former light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (35-4-1, 29 KOs) will meet undefeated Swede Robin Safar (16-1, 12 KOs) in a cruiserweight bout.

In their Las Vegas bout, Kovalev was knocked out by P4P star Canelo Alvarez more than four years ago and has only had one fight since, a ten-round decision win over Bulgaria’s Tervel Pulev.

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Wales’ Joe Cordina (17-0, 9 KOs) is expected to defend his IBF super featherweight championship against Beflast’s Anthony Cacace (21-1, 7 KOs).

Cordina won the 2022 knockout of the year with a stunning second-round finish of Japan’s Kenichi Ogawa and regained the belt in a fight-of-the-year contender with Shavkat Rakhimov last April in Cardiff.

Heavyweight prospects Moses Itauma (7-0, 5 KOs) and Bakhodir Jalolov (14-0, 14 KOs), and Cruiserweight David Nyika (8-0, 7 KOs) will all feature on the card.

Isaac Lowe (24-2-3, 8 KOs) and Afghanistan’s Hasibullah Ahmadi (16-1 5 KOs) clash in a Featherweight fight.

By Darshan Desai

Image: Queensberry