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Boxing will have an undisputed heavyweight champion Saturday.

That’s when belt holders Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will fight for all four major titles at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on DAZN Pay-Per-View.

The fight was originally scheduled for Feb. 17, but it was pushed back after Fury suffered a cut during sparring. However, the fighters are now ready to roll.

Of course, fans and pundits have many questions going into the most important heavyweight fight in a generation. Here are five of them, complete with answers.

Which Tyson Fury will show up?

Britain’s Tyson Fury (L) falls on the ground as he fights against Cameroonian-French Francis Ngannou during their heavyweight boxing match in Riyadh early on October 29, 2023. (Photo by Fayez NURELDINE / AFP) (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

A better version. Fury embarrassed himself and the sport – with some help from Francis Ngannou – the last time we saw him in the ring on Oct. 28 in Saudi Arabia. What should’ve been an easy victory over an aging MMA star making his boxing debut turned into a near disaster, with Fury hitting the canvas in the third round and having to rally to win a split decision. If that Fury shows up on Saturday, Oleksandr Usyk will school him and become undisputed champion in a walkover. We won’t see that version of “The Gypsy King,” however. Fury evidently was ill-prepared for the Ngannou fight because he expected little resistance from his upstart opponent, who gave a spirited effort. I believe Fury will be as prepared as he can possibly be for the challenge he’ll face in the Middle East, as he has looked remarkably fit in the months leading up to the fight. Of course, we’ll see whether that’s good enough to take down one of the best technicians in the world. But he’ll be ready.

Was Usyk’s performance against Daniel Dubois a red flag?

Oleksandr Usyk def. Daniel Dubois | Boxing

Possibly. Those who believe that Usyk is vulnerable to body shots can point to his unusual fight against Dubois on Aug. 26 as evidence. The champion went down hard from a right to the belt line that referee Luis Pabon erroneously ruled a low blow, which gave Usyk undeserved time to recover and go on to stop Dubois in the ninth round. Of course, Usyk might’ve been able to get to his feet and continue fighting if he had to gotten to his feet within 10 seconds. And the victory is now in the books. A legitimate question arose, however: Are blows to the body the great Ukrainian’s weakness? Will his big, strong, talented opponent emphasize body work in light of what happened in the Dubois fight? If Fury does so and he can land his punches in the right spots, we’ll see whether Usyk is indeed vulnerable to that area.

Will the size difference be a significant factor?

Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk Pre fight press conference

Absolutely. A good big man beats a good little man, as the adage goes. And that would seem to apply to this fight. Usyk probably has somewhat better technical skills than Fury but the Englishman isn’t far behind, meaning he’d be competitive if they were the same size. And they’re anything but. Fury is 6-foot-9 and probably will be 260-plus pounds when he steps into the ring on Saturday. Usyk is 6-3 and weighed around 221 for his last three fights, the result

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