Tyson Fury has spoken out after the news broke that his mega fight against Oleksandr Usyk, which was due to take place on February 17th, has been postponed.
The undisputed heavyweight world title clash between Fury and Usyk has been pushed back after ‘The Gypsy King’ sustained a cut during a sparring session today.
Boxing fans have been left devastated by the postponement, though some have claimed Fury never intended to go through with the fight in the first place.
However, the WBC world champion’s promoters Queensberry have released a photo of the cut, alongside the following statement.
“Whilst this is still breaking news it is clearly a massive disappointment, after the work that has been done by so many people to finally deliver this historic event to the world.
“Once the doctors have appraised Tyson’s eye, we will have a better idea of the period of recovery needed.
“Once known we will work diligently with all the stake-holders and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to reschedule this fight as soon as possible and will of course keep everyone updated with developments.”
It remains unclear just how long Fury will be sidelined for by the injury, which reportedly required a host of stitches.
🎥FURY CUT FOOTAGE
Footage of the punch that allegedly cut Tyson Fury in training pic.twitter.com/sgjuBqCFab
— NoSmokeBoxing (@NoSmokeBoxing) February 2, 2024
The Brit said the following in a statement:
“I’m absolutely devastated after preparing for this fight for so long and being in such superb condition.
“I feel bad for everyone involved in this huge event and I will work diligently towards the rescheduled date once the eye has healed.
“I can only apologise to everyone affected including my own team, Team Usyk, the undercard fighters, partners and fans as well as our hosts and my friends in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
The Saudi organisers are believed to still be keen on the show still going ahead on February 17th, and there have been reports that Usyk could face IBF mandatory challenger Flip Hrgovic instead.
Tyson Fury on Instagram after the Oleksandr Usyk fight has been postponed: “Can’t help getting injured in sparring, but what I can say is Usyk was in trouble.” pic.twitter.com/NUG0jdgETe
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) February 2, 2024
Whether or not the card does take place, it will be little consolation to fight fans who may now be beginning to lose hope that the historic bout between Fury and Usyk will ever take place.