“I’ll Believe It When They Both Step…”: Fans Still in Disbelief After Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk Confirmed for February 17

Published 11/14/2023, 11:00 PM EST

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Once again Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk has a date! Earlier, after Usyk agreed to the 70/30 purse split, the duo was supposed to share the ring on the 29th of April. However, the fight did not materialize as the boxers could not agree on material terms beyond the split. Again, while Tyson Fury prepared for Francis Ngannou for the ‘Battle of the Baddest,’ it was declared that ‘The Cat’ and ‘The Gypsy King’ signed a deal. In no time, the fans also came to know that they would lock horns on December 23.

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However, in an unexpected performance as Ngannou injured Fury, the latter needed time to heal. As a result, the bout was postponed. At this, while fans worried about Fury vs. Usyk, in a recent article of his, Mike Coppinger confirmed that the fight would happen on February 17. On that note, although a date was revealed, fans remained in disbelief given the recent statement by former unified Super Middleweight champion, George Groves and the setbacks already suffered by Fury vs. Usyk.

Amidst the latest statements, questions still loom over Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk fight

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Although Coppinger informed the fans that the undisputed fight would likely take place on February 17, George Groves believes ‘The Gypsy King’ might stop with the Ngannou bout. In his opinion, Fury would rather “rectify” the Ngannou fight or simply retire from professional boxing. According to Groves, following the performance against ‘The Predator,’ Fury has “loads of doubts” and well understands that Usyk would beat him.

In this context, as Coppinger’s date came to notice, a fan stated, “But George Groves said that Fury would retire?

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Meanwhile, one hoped the bout would not get “postponed again.

However, one declared, “I’ll believe it when they both step into the ring.”

Similarly, one said they would buy it after the duo actually shared the ring.

Finally, one exhausted fan mourned that there were “Announcements after announcements.”

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While fans remained confused despite the latest announcement, Groves recently doubted whether or not Fury was still hungry in the sport.

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According to Groves, after the Deontay Wilder fight in 2021, Fury never had “that acid test.” In his opinion, it has been a long time since Fury has worked hard for an opponent. While he thought Dillian Whyte did not bring the ferocity, he simultaneously felt the aged Derek Chisora fought Fury like he was a friend. As a result, Groves said, “To roll back the clock and have that hunger still at 35, it might not be the same. It definitely won’t be the same as going out to Germany and beating Wladimir Klitschko [a bout that happened in 2015].”

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Well, with that said, do you think Fury would face Usyk on February 17? Or, do you think the same as Groves, ‘The Gypsy King’ would bid boxing goodbye? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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Samrat Sardar is a senior boxing writer at Essentially Sports. Having written over 1000+ articles, his coverage of Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather has received widespread recognition. However, his interest lies in stories pertaining to any shred of injustice or corruption happening in the world of boxing.
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