Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk LIVE: Ring walk time, undercard results and round-by-round


WATCH: Lapin finishes Pudivtr

Just like that, it was over.

Daniel Lapin barely had to break a sweat to become the new WBC Intercontinental Light-Heavyweight champion.

A flurry of punches, and the job was done. Lapin is certainly one to watch for the future.

Sporting greats side-by-side

Anthony Joshua and Cristiano Ronaldo are both greats in their respective sports, with the latter one of the greatest athletes of all time.

They will both be sat next to each other to watch tonight’s spectacular fight unravel, I’m sure Joshua will be able to talk Ronaldo through the tactics being deployed. I mean, he has first-hand knowledge…

They met two months ago the night that Joshua dramatically knocked out Francis Ngannou in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in what is now billed as ‘Knockout Chaos’.

I’m sure they will have lots to talk about, it would be interesting to listen in…

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - MAY 18: A general view of the seats of Anthony Joshua, English heavyweight boxer, Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese football player, and Turki Al-Sheikh, Chairman of the General Entertainment Authority of Saudi Arabia, seen at Kingdom Arena on May 18, 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Daniel Lapin stops Octavio Pudivtr in the first round!

Well, that was very quick.

Blink and you’ll miss it. Daniel Lapin stops Octavio Pudivtr in the first round to become the new WBC Intercontinental Light-Heavyweight champion.

Lapin was really impressive there, he finished off Pudivtr with a flurry of punches and his final shot proved too much for the Portuguese light-heavyweight fighter.

Lapin has a bright future ahead of him, what a way to round off the prelims.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - MAY 18: Daniel Lapin poses for a photo after victory over Octavio Pudivitr (not pictured) following the Light Heavyweight fight between Daniel Lapin and Octavio Pudivitr at Kingdom Arena on May 18, 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Is this the biggest fight of the century?

I have been having this debate with many people over the course of the past week.

Tonight is absolutely huge, it’s 25 years since we last saw an undisputed title fight. To put it in perspective, I wasn’t even born when Lennox Lewis Evander Holyfield faced off.

So, what do all of you think, is this the fight of the century?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

*** BESTPIX *** RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - MAY 17: Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk face off after weighing in ahead of the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO heavyweight titles' fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk during the Ring Of Fire Official weigh-in at BLVD City - Music World on May 17, 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Excited for the night ahead!

Thank you, Tamara, for the lovely words.

Right, I’m not sure about you, but I am extremely excited for the night ahead. This fight has been a long time coming, and we are now under seven hours away from Tyson Fury and Okesandr Usyk trading punches.

I’ve put my seat belt on, I’m assuming you all have had yours on for the last four hours of build-up.

It’s going to be a rollercoaster of a night!

It’s been a trip…

… but it’s time for me to hand over to the main card maestro, Harry Bamforth, to see you through the remainder of the build-up all the way to the night’s action – and the main event.

epa11348803 British boxer Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine pose during weighing in during the weigh-in in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 17 May 2024. Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will face each other in the first undisputed heavyweight contest of the 21st century on 18 May 2024 in Riyadh.  EPA/ALI HAIDER

Isaac Lowe WINS via unanimous decision

Ahmadi took Lowe the distance, but in the Briton was just too competent to allow him a route back into the fight.

John Fury is ringside to offer his congratulations to the close family friend, while both men get patched up. The first one has been a bloody one.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - MAY 18: John Fury, television personality and father of Tyson Fury, reacts after Isaac Lowe defeats Hasibullah Ahmadi (not pictured) in the Featherweight fight between Isaac Lowe and Hasibullah Ahmadi at Kingdom Arena on May 18, 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Fury vs Usyk isn’t the only draw this evening – and Jai Opetaia will be determined to put on a show against Mairis Breidis to bolster his credentials in pursuit of beating the best.

You can read the Australian fighter’s thoughts on the match-up, below.

Tonight’s main card line-up: in full

  • Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk (ringwalks 10.30pm, fight time 11pm)
  • Jai Opetaia vs Mairis Breidis
  • Joe Cordina vs Anthony Cacace
  • Frank Sanchez vs Agit Kabayel
  • Moses Itauma vs Iija Mezencev
  • Mark Chamberlain vs Joshua Wahab
  • Sergey Kovalev vs Robin Sirwan Safar
  • David Nyika vs Michael Seitz

In Riyadh, the preliminary undercard is underway

With Isaac Lowe up against Hasibullah Ahmadi in the night’s first encounter.

Lowe is looking particularly lively, and heading into round 8, the Briton steps it up a gear, rushing Ahmadi as his opponent starts to lose his legs.

The bell comes just in time, and the two fighters retreat to their corners. Lowe will be seeking the hammer blow.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - MAY 18: Isaac Lowe punches Hasibullah Ahmadi during the Featherweight fight between Isaac Lowe and Hasibullah Ahmadi at Kingdom Arena on May 18, 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

One of the sport’s icons, Johnny Nelson, has gone through this clash with the finest of fine tooth combs, and offers his assessment on the merits and challenges both fighters will have to expect from one another.

But who comes out on top?

Why not find out for yourself, by scrolling through the piece below.

Neither Fury nor Usyk is going it alone – both are surrounded by important, impassioned teams that have seen them through the highs and lows of their careers, as well as their supportive wives.

You can read more about their family lives and associates, below.

Expect front-row ‘heavyweights’ too

There’s usually no skimping on star wattage when Saudi throws fight night, and a glimpse at tonight’s seating chance confirms it.

Having one of football’s biggest icons on payroll certainly doesn’t hurt if you’re looking for eyeballs, does it?

If that headline doesn’t tempt you in, what will?

Charlotte Daly sat down with one of boxing’s ever-presents – and Fury’s promoter – at the Queensbury offices in London before they jetted to Saudi Arabia for tonight’s clash. The result is an interview dripping with insight.

You can check it out, below.

Becky Ives prepares to step into Laura Woods’ shoes

The TNT Sports presenter has been a perenial fixture on boxing’s biggest nights for her broadcaster since making her move to the channel last summer, but Woods last night announced that she hasn’t travelled to Saudi Arabia… on the heels of suffering a painful-looking injury to her face and arms.

In her stead up steps Becky Ives, preparing to front coverage for the rights-holder for what will be arguably the biggest fight of this century to date.

So who is the presenter up to the task? You can find out more about her, below.

Drake places HUGE Fury bet – AKA some might refer to as ‘a bad sign’

What makes a curse a curse?

Drake’s sportsbetting career was fallen under a dark star. There’s not an athlete or team in the world that would comfortably stand up and say, ‘yes, Drake, back me’, with the rapper having bet vast sums on a number of big games and either missed the mark entirely – ask Logan Paul about that one – or lost on a technicality, such as with the World Cup final in 2022.

That’s not to say that Drake hasn’t seen success, such as at this year’s Super Bowl. But can Fury’s form stand up to the hand of fate?

What makes a ‘people’s champion’? Can it be self-determined, or should a person’s actions speak for themselves.

Mail Sport columnist Riath Al-Samarrai mulls Fury’s checkered past in the build-up to his biggest-ever clash, below.

WATCH: Don’t blink until… with Joseph Parker

The heavyweight steps into the hotseat with Charlotte Daly to rate Fury in the most creative of ways.

Couldn’t help but giggle when Parker really worked to ensure he didn’t blink for Jake Paul.

Now, on the topic of that headbutt

If you have been living under a rock this week and peeped out from under it for the first time to read Simon Jordan’s column, let’s recap: one Fury has already seen blood spilt this week.

That would be Fury Snr, never the shy and retiring type, and fired up enough to headbutt a member of Usyk’s team shortly in the lobby of the Riyadh Hilton Hotel.

Fury himself seemed amused – Usyk, less so. The Ukrainian even made a point of saying that he had kept his own fighters under wraps.

You can read more, and see more, around the fracas, below.

A number of Mail Sport’s columnists have weighed in (metaphorically) ahead of tonight’s clash, and first up is Simon Jordan, on the curiously compelling Mr Tyson Fury.

You can read his thoughts on this evening’s showdown, below.

WATCH: Fury shares his last word

In the form of an ultra-slick rundown of his life and career to date. From flat on the canvas to tallest in the world – it’s stirring stuff.

But does he, in his own (or the voiceover’s) words, have capacity to become the man? That remains to be seen.

In the build-up to tonight’s fight, Charlotte was invited into Usyk’s training camp ahead of the clash of his life.

This is an unmissable piece. Make sure you don’t, below.

The Cat’s fight against something greater than Fury

Usyk’s Ukrainian heritage is central to his pride and performance in the ring – and that has only increased ten-fold since Russia’s invasion of his country in February 2022.

In another hat-tip to his heritage, the heavyweight turned up at yesterday’s weigh-in wearing a traditional Ukrainian vyshyvanka – a mere 24 hours after National Vyshyvanka Day, might I add – decorated with a pictured of war hero Oleksandr Matsievskyi. He was a soldier executed by Russian forces during the Battle of Bakhmut in December 2022.

To say that the Gypsy King is a divisive character is an understatement – Fury has slalomed through being loved and loathed, between being the object of sympathy or of derision, and being lionised or villainised, for almost all of his decorated career.

You can read more on the tumult and the heady highs and bitter lows in Fury’s story, below.

A potted history of Saudi Arabia’s 2023-24 boxing series

  • October – ‘Battle of the Baddest’

Fury versus Ngannou. Seasoned veteran versus debutant. A walkover? Not quite. Ngannou nearly gave an underprepared Fury the scare of his life, dropping him to the canvas, and almost sneaking victory. The MMA star acquitted himself well – but it was the Gypsy King who took the first belt of Riyadh Season.

  • December – ‘Day of Reckoning’

The first of the proposed Fury-Usyk dates, but when that was promptly delayed, it was Anthony Joshua’s time to get top billing – but not against co-headliner Deontay Wilder, as expected or desired. Instead, he made light work of Otto Wallin, and the Bronze Bomber was pulverised by Joseph Parker.

A quick turnaround for Joshua, this time going toe-to-toe with Ngannou. The Briton stopped the Cameroonian in stunning fashion, laying important groundwork for a long-awaiting meeting with Fury… if he can swipe all of Usyk’s belt, that is.

… That takes us all the way up to this evening – and there’s a mouthwatering Queensberry versus Matchroom card still to come.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - OCTOBER 28: Francis Ngannou knocks down Tyson Fury during the Heavyweight fight between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou at Boulevard Hall on October 28, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Joseph Parker throws a punch at Deontay Wilder during their boxing match at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, early Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023. (AP Photo)
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - MARCH 8: Anthony Joshua knocks out Francis N'Gannou and turns to celebrate during their Heavyweight Contest at Kingdom Arena on March 8, 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing via Getty Images)

You’ve seen Lennox’s…

… now have a listen to Evander’s!

Holyfield is next up ranking the greatest heavyweights of all-time, exclusively for Mail Sport.

Where does the time go? We’re now nearly eight hours off the estimated ringwalk time, so why not flick through a detailed run-through of our two would-be undisputed heavyweight champions?

No detail spared here – it’s Mail Sport’s Tale of the Tape, below.

Exclusive: Evander Holyfield: the interview

If there’s one man who knows how the fighters will be feeling as they prepare for an undisputed heavyweight fight, it’s Evander Holyfield.

Charlotte Daly sat down with the boxing icon earlier this week, and you can watch – and read – her interview with the Real Deal below.

The contest is viewed by many as too close to call, but who better than Mail Sport’s Jeff Powell to read the tea leaves and try and attempt just that?

You can read the ultimate preview piece from Powell – ringside 25 years ago at the last undisputed clash – below.

WATCH: A throwback to Fury and Usyk’s first meeting

Flashback to 2019, when both were ringside for Artur Beterbiev’s knockout victory over Oleksandr Gvozdyk.

Usyk was still fighting cruiserweight when the friendly exchange took place – and five years later, prepares for the once-in-a-lifetime face-off.

Things are unlikely to be so friendly in Riyadh.

The looooong road to Fury vs Usyk

First staring one another down after Fury’s defeat of Chisora in 2022, the journey to Riyadh has been a long and winding one – with many boxing fans wondering at numerous points if a meeting would EVER take place between the two heavyweights.

First up was the scrapped Wembley fight, floated for March 2023, but set aside following a disagreement over the rematch clause in the fight’s terms.

After a Saudi intervention, a December date was then agreed – only for Fury’s tussle with Ngannou in October to fling a spanner in the works. Cue a rearrangement, and announcement for February 2024.

Or so we thought, until Fury picked up a nasty cut sparring in preparation. Breaks officially pumped.

So May 18 it is – or should be. In the words of Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk – ‘my confidence (in the fight happening) will grow higher when I hear the bell for the first round.’

FILE PHOTO: Boxing - WBC World Heavyweight Title - Tyson Fury v Derek Chisora - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - December 3, 2022  Tyson Fury with Oleksandr Usyk after the fight Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/File Photo
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16: Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk face off during the Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk Press Conference at Outernet London on November 16, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Boxing - Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk - Weigh-in - BLVD City - Music World, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - May 17, 2024 Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk face off during the weigh-in Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

One man that has a fair bit more insight than others is Derek Chisora, who has faced off with both Usyk and Fury.

But where does his allegiance lie this evening?

You can find out in his interview with Mail Sport’s Charlotte Daly, below.

Saudi Arabia’s titantic pulling power – and the role of Turki Alalshikh

Over the past year, boxing fans have been treated to some of the greatest spectacles in the sport – in record time. Gone are the drawn-out squabbles between fighters and promoters, the endless back-and-forths: Saudi are making fights happen.

The Kingdom’s success at bringing the biggest contests to their shores sits Turki Alalshikh, the chairman of Saudi’s General Authority for Entertainment and an avid boxing fan. Armed with eye-watering financial rewards and unprecedented set-ups for big fights, Saudi’s offers have just about every top fighter scampering to their shores – much to the delight of the sport’s aficionados.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - MARCH 08: Turki Alalshikh, Chairman of the Saudi General Authority for Entertainment looks on prior to the WBA World Super Welterweight title fight between Israil Madrimov and Magomed Kurbanov on the Knockout Chaos boxing card at the Kingdom Arena on March 08, 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

But who is the high-ranking government minister?

For more information, why not prime yourself with Mail Sport’s profile on Alalshikh ahead of tonight’s clash – you’ll be hearing his name a lot…

We’ve got a cornucopia of heavyweight rankings – and this one, by Mail Sport’s emminent boxing journalist Jeff Powell, is not to be missed.

When the dust settles, I wonder where he ranks tonight’s clash?

Until then, you can weigh up his reasoning for the top 11, below.

Lennox Lewis on the greatest heavyweights of all-time

Game recognises game – do you agree with the Lion’s picks?

He sat down with Charlotte Daly in Riyadh to pass judgement, below.

One of his lowest career weights on Saturday night, Fury’s body transformation ahead of facing off with Usyk has been nothing short of remarkable – particularly in light of the place he was coming from.

You can find out more about the brutal work the Gypsy King has been putting in at the gym – and at the breakfast table – below.

Amir Khan! Ricky Hatton! Derek Chisora!

You may have decided who you’re backing tonight, but can a generous handful of boxing greats change your mind?

Why not check them out and see, below.

25 years on, the return of a legendary showdown

Both Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield are in Saudi Arabia to watch and see who will be crowned the next undisputed heavyweight champion, 25 years on from their two-bout tussle for supremacy in 1999.

But could this fight supply even half as much drama as all those years ago?

Mail Sport revisited the showdown in detail, which you can peruse at your leisure, below.

Mail Sport’s Charlotte Daly is on the ground in Riyadh

… and has been speaking to the great and the good of the boxing world in the build-up to tonight’s showpiece event.

Usyk’s proud compatriot Wladimir Klitschko has his say on the geopolitical significance on the fight, below.

Fans claim ‘cool as a cucumber’ Oleksandr Usyk is ‘under Tyson Fury’s skin’

Tyson being Tyson? Or a marked man with just over 24 hours to go?

Fans on social media ran their gimlet eyes over the weigh-in fracas and came out firmly on Team Usyk. A man of few words, composure is the Ukrainian’s modus operandi, and it didn’t take much for him to preserve ice cube status alongside the foul-mouthed Fury.

I don’t buy total psychological collapse, of course. But it’s always thrilling to see fire meet ice.

Friday’s weigh-in: the results

A slimmed down Tyson Fury proved that he hasn’t disappeared entirely, checking in at 262lbs.

But that’s still 39lbs more than his Ukrainian opponent, who hit his career-heaviest weight at 223lbs.

That, however, wasn’t what most people thought after Michael Buffer incorrectly called him at 233lbs – to many a raised eyebrow of faint approval – only for the weight to be corrected in viral footage…

You can see for yourself below.

No shortage of drama at last night’s weigh-in…

After a cool, composed press conference the day before, things looked suspiciously poised for any fight build-up featuring one Tyson Fury. That is, until he reached his final face-off with Usyk.

The last time the pair attempted to lock eyes and stare one-another down, Fury had stared into the distance, prompting some to suggest he was rattled. Not so on Friday night, when the Gypsy King was more than happy to get up close and personal.

You can watch the tension boil over below, and read the full details of what exactly Fury is looking to do to the ‘little f*****’ tonight in our weigh-in report.

Fury takes on Usyk – details in brief

Saudi Arabia has played host to a number of boxing’s big nights in the past eight months since the inaugural Riyadh Season face-off between Fury and Francis Ngannou, but tonight’s showing simply blows the rest out of the water.

But what time do things get going, and who else could experience the fight of a lifetime? And if you wanted to watch the fight alongside tuning into our live coverage, where can you do it?

For this info and more, all will be revealed via the link below.

It’s finally time…

Hello and welcome to Mail Sport’s live coverage of all the build-up ahead of the big one: Tyson Fury’s showdown with Oleksandr Usyk to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

We’re some way off the history-making fight – ring walks are planned for about 11 hours from now, at 10.30pm BST, but that could well turn out to be pie-in-the-sky timing – but there’s a lot to catch up on between then and now.

epa11349192 British boxer Tyson Fury poses during the weigh-in in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 17 May 2024. Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will face each other in the first undisputed heavyweight contest of the 21st century on 18 May 2024 in Riyadh.  EPA/ALI HAIDER
epa11349191 Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine poses during the weigh-in in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 17 May 2024. Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will face each other in the first undisputed heavyweight contest of the 21st century on 18 May 2024 in Riyadh.  EPA/ALI HAIDER
epaselect epa11348804 British boxer Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine pose during weighing in during the weigh-in in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 17 May 2024. Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will face each other in the first undisputed heavyweight contest of the 21st century on 18 May 2024 in Riyadh.  EPA/ALI HAIDER

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