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Tyson Fury activates rematch clause for second fight against Oleksandr Usyk

Tyson Fury activates rematch clause for second fight against Oleksandr Usyk

Tyson Fury has activated the rematch clause for a second fight against Oleksandr Usyk, potentially setting the stage for another undisputed heavyweight title clash.

The 35-year-old ‘Gypsy King’ lost his WBC heavyweight title to the Ukrainian champion on 19 May, with Usyk becoming the undisputed boss after a dominant performance, especially in rounds eight and nine, where Fury suffered a broken nose.

Fury has triggered the instant rematch clause in the lucrative deal, worth approximately £100 million, with the bout set to take place in Riyadh in just over four months.

The fight could still be for all four belts, as the IBF cannot strip Usyk of his title while he is under medical suspension until 2 June.

Initially, it appeared the IBF might strip Usyk of the title, with a potential contest between Filip Hrgovic and Daniel Dubois slated for 1 June.

However, Usyk's medical suspension, effective until 2 June, ensures he retains the belt for the rematch.

Both fighters, despite the injuries sustained in their first encounter, are expected to be fit in time for the November showdown, which will align with the Riyadh Season's sporting events.

Fury's suspension, comparatively shorter, lasts only until 25 May.

In the wake of the intense bout, Fury reflected on his career and future in boxing.

He said: "I'm not boxing because I've got no money; I'm boxing because I love it.

"I'm 36 in a few months, I've been boxing since I was a child. Where does it all end? You have 100 fights, and you have brain damage and are in a wheelchair. For as long as I'm loving the game, I'll continue to do it, and when I don't, I'll pack it up."

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