Tyson Fury injury: WBC heavyweight champion suffers cut in camp, postpones unification with Oleksandr Usyk

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A cut suffered in sparring has pulled WBC and serial heavyweight titleholder Tyson Fury from his February 17 championship clash against unification king Oleksandr Usyk, Fury’s promoter, Queensberry Promotions, announced on Friday .

The fight, which was due to come from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, marked the first undisputed championship bout at the heavyweight division since the start of the day with four belts and the first time since Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield in their rematch in 1999 which is known around the world. the titles in the division belong to one fighter.

“I’m really devastated after preparing for this fight for so long and being in such great shape. I feel bad for everyone involved in this massive incident and will work diligently towards the rescheduled date once the eye has healed ,” Fury said in his statement. “I can only apologize to everyone affected by this including my own team, Team Usyk, the undercard fighters , partners, and fans as well as our guests and my friends in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

The severe cut, which will require extensive stitching, could push the rescheduled date to at least June, according to multiple reports. Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs), who holds the IBF, WBA and WBO titles, is considering an interim fight, manager Egis Klimas told Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, which could lead to Usyk staying on the fight card later this month against a new opponent.

Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs), a native of England, put off the Usyk fight for the entirety of 2023 and almost missed the opportunity in October when he was launched by former the UFC champion Francis Ngannou in their 10 non-dominant rounds. -title bout, also in Saudi Arabia, which the 35-year-old Fury won by split decision.

Usyk, 37, captured his treble of titles in 2021 by upsetting Anthony Joshua in the first of back-to-back decision wins over the British star. A native of Ukraine, Usyk is a decorated Olympic gold medalist and undisputed cruiserweight champion.

Among the fighters who could be another opponent for Usyk is Filip Hrgovic (17-0, 14 KOs), who is his IBF mandatory opponent. The 31-year-old Croatian slugger, who stands at 6-foot-6, took money in stride to allow the fight to be undoubtedly scheduled.

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