Not a highly charged camp between Tyson Fury (35) and Oleksandr Usyk (37). Fury is struggling with a serious cut above the eye, sustained during training. There is no new date yet for the fight for the world title among the ‘undisputed’ heavyweights.
LOOK. Does Fury get a cut above his eye from this?
On Saturday, February 17, Fury and Usyk were scheduled to enter the ring in the Saudi capital Riyadh for a fight for the undisputed world heavyweight title. The winner of the match would not only stop his opponent’s undefeated streak, but also win the world titles for all associations, being WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF.
But it won’t get to that point (for now). Fury pulled out of the infamous fight after he injured himself during a training session: the Englishman suffered a deep cut just above his right eye. The gaping wound required stitches, making it impossible for Fury to step into the ring within two weeks. “I am devastated that the camp cannot continue. I’ve been preparing for this fight for so long and I was in great shape,” said a disappointed Fury. “I feel bad for everyone involved in this major event and will be working passionately towards the new date once my eye has healed.”
After it became known that the camp would be postponed, the Usyk camp obviously couldn’t resist taking some jabs at Fury. Usyk’s manager Egis Klimas even went on a rampage at Ring Magazine. “Fury is a f*cking coward who would do anything not to fight Usyk. That’s why he asked his wife to hit him in the eyebrow with a frying pan.” Alexander Krassyuk, another member of Usyk’s management, kept things a little more civil, although he also couldn’t resist. “I wish you a speedy recovery, but God has sent you a sign. Think about your retirement, brother.”
Fury does anything but do the latter. In response to the many criticisms caused by the postponement, the 35-year-old heavyweight posted a selfie on Instagram to show that he is in competition shape. “I can’t help it that I injured myself during a sparring session,” Fury wrote in the bare-chested photo. “All I can say is that Usyk would have been in serious trouble if the fight had gone ahead. We will set a new date as soon as possible. 2024 will be a great year.”
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A message that (obviously) does not really impress them in the Usyk camp. The Ukrainian still hopes to be able to box on February 17. Possible opponent is the Croat Filip Hrgovic.
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