Oleksandr Usyk set to be stripped of world title immediately after beating Tyson Fury

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk
Oleksandr Usyk could lose one of his titles -Credit:Richard Pelham/Getty Images

Oleksandr Usyk has been crowned the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, but it appears he's set to lose one of his titles before he even steps back into the ring.

The 37-year-old Ukrainian triumphed over Tyson Fury in a thrilling showdown for all the heavyweight division's gold in Saudi Arabia, clinching victory via split decision with judges scoring the captivating match 115-112, 113-114, 114-113.

While Usyk can bask in his current glory, he's soon to be stripped of the IBF title as Filip Hrgovic, the long-standing mandatory challenger, won't wait for a contracted rematch with Fury to occur.

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If all goes according to plan, Usyk and Fury are scheduled to face off again in October, with the British fighter seeking retribution. However, the IBF title will be relinquished before then and subsequently up for grabs when Hrgovic takes on Daniel Dubois in June.

The victor of that match is set to challenge Anthony Joshua at Wembley in September - mere weeks before Usyk and Fury are scheduled to clash once more. It remains uncertain whether the winner of the anticipated rematch, who will walk away with three instead of four belts, will then aim to regain the IBF title in their subsequent move, reports the Mirror.

For now, Usyk is the holder of all the heavyweight gold. But judging by his remarks during the post-fight press conference, it seems highly unlikely he'll lose any sleep over the impending loss of the IBF title in the upcoming weeks.

Usyk has been in camp for longer than planned after the initial bout with Fury, scheduled for February 17, was cancelled after the Brit suffered a nasty cut above his eye in sparring.

For now, his only focus is spending time with his family, rather than nailing down any concrete plans for a return to the ring despite his contractual obligations. "I don't think about boxing now, please," Uysk said when he was asked about a rematch by reporters.

"My camp started in September 2023, I worked for nine months. I missed Happy New Year, I missed my son's birthday, I missed my other son's birthday, I missed my daughter's birthday and then the birth of my daughter.

"I also missed family holidays. I was only focused on this fight, now I'm happy and I want to go back home."