It appears that Ukrainian heavyweight champ, Oleksandr Usyk, has penned a deal with Saudi-based powerhouse, Skill Challenge Promotions. This news has been delicately teased through a photograph shared by Badou Jack, in which Usyk proudly sports a promotional hat for the organization. Boxing fans are waiting for the official announcement expected to roll in at 7pm, UK time.
The exact nature of Usyk’s involvement with Skill Challenge Promotions remains shrouded in a haze of speculation. Whispers on the wind suggest it might involve a co-promotional deal with none other than Alexander Krassyk from K2 Promotions Ukraine.
However, this move has caused ripples elsewhere in the boxing landscape. The eagerly anticipated brawl between Usyk and Brit powerhouse Daniel Dubois, originally slated for August 12th on Polish soil, has now been pushed back to August 26th. The reschedule is designed to avert a clash with another headline event featuring Anthony Joshua. Importantly, it should be noted that this rearranged fight falls outside of Usyk’s new deal with Skill Challenge Promotions, which kicks in once the dust settles post-Dubois.
Usyk’s dealings with the Saudis have always been positive, especially in the aftermath of his spirited rematch with Joshua. Usyk’s alignment with the Saudis underscores their ongoing commitment to establishing a firm foothold in boxing’s global pantheon.
Looking ahead, Usyk’s contract with the Saudi company signals a shift of venue for future fights. The bout with Dubois might just be the prelude to epic battles against the likes of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, or Andy Ruiz, hosted on Saudi soil. Given the financial clout of the Saudis, it’s improbable they’ll be outbid for the purse on these high-profile events.
Despite this, Usyk has a bout to win before his Saudi chapter begins. His upcoming encounter with Dubois needs to be wrapped up before his Saudi deal comes into full swing. Boxing aficionados around the world are on pins and needles awaiting the complete details of the deal to be unveiled later today. So keep your eyes peeled and your gloves up, folks! This tale is yet to land its final punch.