Tyson Fury sends message to WBC over Oleksandr Usyk fight doubts | Boxing | Sport

Tyson Fury sends message to WBC over Oleksandr Usyk fight doubts | Boxing | Sport

Tyson Fury has informed the WBC that he is proceeding with his preparation for his rescheduled bout with Oleksandr Usyk. The two boxing heavyweights were due to square off in Saudi Arabia in a blockbuster title unification bout on ​​Saturday, February 17.

But the “Gypsy King’ suffered a cut above his eye during sparring three weeks ago, and the bout was called off. However, it has been rescheduled for May 18 and the 35-year-old is raring to go, according to ​the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman.

“It’s boxing. It happens, and I’m sure it’s going to be an even bigger fight now,” he told reporters in London. “The frustration they both have to endure, so much sacrifice, so much patience, so much work put in, and then one cut and everything is delayed. But they’re back in the gym. I spoke to Tyson a couple of days ago.

“He’s fine, he’s ready to continue and it’s going to be one of the best events in the history of boxing on May 18.” The last time the belts in the heavyweight division were unified was back in 1999 when Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield. Fury has not fought since claiming a controversial victory over Francis Ngannou in October 2023, while Usyk last beat Daniel Dubois in August 2023.

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After plenty of rumours and speculation, a bout between the two was finally agreed. But after it was postponed with just two weeks’ notice, the Usyk camp was furious. Following a statement from Fury announcing his injury on Instagram, the Ukrainian promoter Alex Krassyuk took to the comments and urged the WBC champion to retire.

“Wish you soonest recovery. God sent you a sign. Think of retirement, brother,” he wrote. Usyk’s manager Egis Klimas though, had some stronger words for Fury and branded him a ‘f***ing coward’.

Speaking to Ring TV, Klimas said: “Tyson Fury is a f***ing coward who will do anything not to face Usyk, and he asked his b**** to hit him with a frying pan in his brow. You can quote me word for word for that.”

Had the fight not been rescheduled, reports claimed Filip Hrgovic would have stepped in if Fury was unable to compete. “I hope Usyk will get the chance to settle the score with Fury on May 18,” Usyk’s coach, Sergey Lapin told Fruity Slots.

“But if he continues to run, then we have a clause in the agreement to replace Fury with Filip Hrgovic. Hrgovic is the backup opponent, so the show will go on regardless of whether he shows up. This was also confirmed by (the event’s organizer) His Excellency Turki Al Sheikh.”

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