Boxing: Kiwi boxer David Nyika earns spot on Fury-Usyk undercard in Saudi Arabia

  • 18/01/2024
David Nyika.
David Nyika. Photo credit: Getty Images

Rising cruiserweight David Nyika has been added to the undercard for next month's blockbuster Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk fight night in Saudi Arabia.

The Hamiltonian will take on a yet to be confirmed opponent in the buildup the main event in Riyadh on February 17, when the first undisputed heavyweight champion in 25 years will be decided.

The two-time Commonweath Games champion took to social media to reveal his spot as the opening bout of the card.

"The storm is coming," said Nyika in an Instagram post.

The 28-year-old is undefeated since making the fulltime switch to professionalism, recording eight wins – seven of which have come via knockout.

His most recent victory came against compatriot Robert Berridge in Queensland in November, earning a one-sided third-round knockout.

Nyika is well known to Fury, having spent time at the Brit's base in Morecambe working with Joseph Parker's trainer Andy Lee.

A slot on the undercard in Riyadh will offer Nyika his biggest chance yet to make a statement on the global stage, with the eyes of the sports world set to be trained on Saudi Arabia for one of the most hotly anticipated fights in years.

Also featured on the undercard will be soaring Australian cruiserweight Jai Opetaia, who'll take on Latvia's Mairis Briedis for the IBF world title.