Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk Officially Postponed After Fury Sustains Nasty Cut While Training

Fury vs. Usyk is no longer on the docket for February 17, but a report states that the bout may be rescheudled to June 2024

Tyson Fury
Courtesy of @DAZNBoxing on X

The highly anticipated unified heavyweight championship fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk is officially off.

Days after a breathtaking cinematic trailer was released hyping their long-awaited clash scheduled to go down on February 17 in Riyadh, ‘The Gypsy King’ announced that he would be withdrawing from the contest after sustaining a cut over his right eye. 

“I am absolutely devastated after preparing for this fight for so long and being in such superb condition,” Fury said in a statement. “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 apologize 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.”

Fury was originally set to meet the reigning WBA, IBF, and WBO titleholder on December 23, but a near-disaster against former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou left Fury unable to make the quick turnaround. 

Usyk’s manager, Egis Klimas, told SI Now that “it could be several months before Fury is ready to fight.” Additionally, IBF mandatory title challenger, Filip Hrgovic, has offered to step in and face Usyk on Feb. 17, though nothing is official as of this writing. 

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk Reportedly Targeting June 2023 for Rescheduled Scrap

Fortunately, it appears as though the fight will simply be postponed rather than canceled. Neither side has confirmed a timeline for Fury’s return, but ESPN’s Salvador Rodriguez posted on X that both parties appear to be circling June for the rescheduled scrap. 

“Fury vs Usyk will be postponed!! They tell me he will have to tentatively reschedule in June due to a possible cut during a Fury sparring match,” Rodriguez wrote in a translated post. “The story will have to wait a few more months.”

Oleksandr Usyk last defended his titles against Daniel Dubois in August 2023 where the Ukrainian scored a ninth-round knockout. 

It’s been more than a year since Tyson Fury put up the WBC heavyweight title, going 3-0 against Derek Chisora in their third and (hopefully) final meeting in December 2022. ‘The Gypsy King’ went 10 rounds with Francis Ngannou in October of last year, narrowly escaping via a split decision victory after being knocked down by ‘The Predator’ in round three. 

Published on February 2, 2024 at 3:23 pm
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