Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will not fight this month as planned (Picture: PA)
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will not fight for the undisputed heavyweight title on 17 February after the Englishman suffered a cut in sparring.
The Gypsy King has reportedly suffered the cut on Friday (2 February) and it will require stitches, meaning he will not be able to box in two weeks.
Boxing News reports that Usyk’s team are now looking at fighting IBF mandatory challenger Filip Hrgovic instead.
There is still hope that Fury and Usyk will meet later in the year, with Gareth A Davies reporting that the unification bout is ‘likely’ to be moved to June or July.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix reports: ‘Impression Team Usyk has been left with is it could be several months before Fury is be ready to fight.’
A statement from Queensberry Promotions read: ‘WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has been forced to postpone his fight with unified champion Oleksandr Usyk after sustaining a freak cut during a sparring session in Riyadh.
‘The cut, which opened above Fury’s right eye, required urgent medical attention and significant stitching and will obviously require a period of recovery, scuppering any possibility of the fight with Usyk taking place on 17th February in Saudi Arabia.’
Fury’s promoter posted a picture of the significant cut (Picture: Queensberry Promotions)
‘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 stakeholders and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to reschedule this fight as soon as possible and will of course keep everyone updated with developments.’
Fury commented: ‘I am 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.’
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