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Oleksandr Usyk has no message for Tyson Fury until fight day

Ukrainian heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk will face fellow British world champion Tyson Fury on Saturday, May 18 at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The two men face off for the undisputed title live on pay-per-view. During open training, the fighters showed off their skills and previewed the upcoming clash.

Undefeated southpaw Oleksandr Usyk (21-0, 14 KO) of Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine brings his WBA, WBO and IBF belts to the ring. The 37-year-old former undisputed cruiserweight champion is looking to dethrone Fury, add the WBC strap to his collection and become an undisputed king in two divisions.

“I feel good,” Oleksandr Usyk said. “Each event brings a new experience. It’s always a wonderful, great and new experience for the team.

“I have no final message to send him. I’m saving it for Saturday.

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Tyson Fury (33-0-1, 24 KO) puts his WBC title on the line. The 35-year-old Manchester, England native appears to defeat Usyk, win his unified WBA, WBO and IBF belts, and also become the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the four-belt era.

“I’m on top of the world, baby,” Tyson Fury said. “Who wouldn’t enjoy it?” I am in the great kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is the main event. This is the undisputed world heavyweight championship.

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” Stay tuned. Keep your eyes open. We have big projects coming up in the coming days.

“I always have a little crazy walk in the ring. And you wouldn’t expect anything different for the biggest fight of your life, would you? I don’t think this has ever been done before, so it’s definitely going to be a surprise.

“It’s absolutely fantastic. All these wonderful people came to support the boxing event in Saudi Arabia. We can’t wait to put on a fantastic show for the whole world to watch.

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In the co-main event, Australian Jai Opetaia and Latvian Mairis Briedis face off in a rematch. Former IBF cruiserweight champions fight for vacant belt.

In the third world title fight, Joe Cordina faces Anthony Cacace. The contest pits the IBF junior lightweight champion from Wales against the challenger from Northern Ireland.

Also on the card, undefeated Frank Sanchez (24-0, 17 KO) of Cuba and Agit Kabayel (24-0, 16 KO) of Germany face off in a WBC heavyweight title eliminator. Additionally, former light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (35-4-1, 29 KO) faces Swede Robin Sirwan Safar (16-0, 12 KO) at cruiserweight.