Old Wounds Reopened for Tyson Fury as Fight With Usyk Postponed
Following the shocking postponement of Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk, Dan Rafael has revealed: “There is discussion about Feb 17 moving forward with Usyk defending his belts vs. IBF mandatory Filip Hrgovic as a late replacement.” As the boxing world takes stock of the shocking news today, it now appears this injury sustained in sparring is over the same eye Fury injured in a fight back in September 2019.
Old Wounds Resurface for Tyson Fury
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Old Injury for Tyson Fury
The injury sustained in sparring for Fury, which has led to the postponement of the Usyk fight, is over the same eye as he injured back on September 14, 2019, against Otto Wallin. Despite winning by unanimous decision with scorecards of 116-112,118-110 and 117-111, it was a tough, bruising encounter for “The Gypsy King.”
Fury was cut in round three of this fight following a sharp left hand from his opponent, which opened a nasty cut above his eye. His corner appeared to believe the cut came from an accidental clash of heads, which is what referee Tony Weeks told them. It wasn’t until after the fight that all parties became aware it was a punch – that caused the nasty-looking cut.
From Friday afternoon and on the live BetUS Boxing show, our insider Dan Rafael and T.J. Rives reacted immediately and discussed the latest with the Fury’s cut and Usyk’s options. Watch the first few minutes here:
Fury Reaction to Injury
Fury has spoken regarding his disappointment regarding the fight postponement: “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 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.”