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Lennox Lewis to have surprising role at Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk

Former undisputed heavyweight world champion Lewis will have a big part to play in Riyadh next month.

Lewis will be in attendance in Riyadh (Esther Lin Showtime, Top Rank)
Lewis will be in attendance in Riyadh (Esther Lin Showtime, Top Rank)

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will lock horns next month for the undisputed heavyweight world championship, with it, the opportunity to join the likes of Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali in the history books.

Lewis was the last man to hold the honour that his countryman Fury will be attempting to equal, defeating Evander Holyfield in Las Vegas to do so almost a quarter of a century ago.

And it has been revealed this week that the 58-year-old will actually play a significant part in proceedings in Riyadh on February 17th.

Fury currently only holds the WBC belt against Usyk’s WBA, WBO and IBF straps.

And WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman stated in his latest column that the heavyweight legend will be on site in Saudi Arabia to officially present the belt to victor in less than a month’s time


“In less than a month Riyadh will receive the fight anticipated by all fans.

“The most important in the heavyweight category in at least 25 years ‘Ring of Fire’ will be held.

“It is about the fight for the undisputed title, with all four belts at stake (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO).

The stakes couldn't be higher for Fury and Usyk next month (Top Rank)
The stakes couldn’t be higher for Fury and Usyk next month (Top Rank)

“Our champion, British Tyson Fury, will face Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk this coming February 17.

“The fight has been officially sanctioned and even with the condition of a rematch – no matter what happens, there will be chapter two of this epic.

“The last undisputed heavyweight champion was Lennox Lewis, who will be a guest of honour and will represent the WBC in crowning the new undisputed champion.”

There have been plenty of comparisons between Fury and Lewis for obvious reasons, and these will only grow should he get past Usyk at the Kingdom Arena.

Fury failed to impress against Francis Ngannou last year. (Stephen Dunkley, Queensberry Promotions)
Fury failed to impress against Francis Ngannou last year. (Stephen Dunkley, Queensberry Promotions)

When the historic fight was first touted, ‘The Gyspy King’ was a significant favourite in the eyes of many observers, however this perception has shifted somewhat after his subpar showing against Francis Ngannou in October.

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