‘I Am Absolutely Devastated’: Possible Late Replacement Revealed as Tyson Fury Pulls Out
Queensberry Promotions have revealed that WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has sustained a nasty injury during sparring as he prepares to face unified champion Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia. The statement confirms the much-anticipated bout between the two is postponed.
Tyson Fury Injury Causes Usyk Postponement
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Queensberry and Tyson Fury Speak On Injury
The statement from Queensberry confirms the cut required urgent medical attention and significant stitching, thus eliminating any possibility of the much-hyped Fury vs. Usyk fight going ahead on February 17 in Saudi Arabia.
Here’s the photo of the cut from Queensberry and Fury’s social media:
FURY VS USYK STATEMENT pic.twitter.com/z7nf4Q3N70
— Queensberry Promotions (@Queensberry) February 2, 2024
A spokesperson expressed the disappointment felt by all those involved: “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 has also conveyed his own devastation regarding the injury and subsequent 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.”
What’s Next for February 17?
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:
It remains to be seen whether February 17 will still go ahead with a new opponent for Usyk, with Dan Rafael revealing via his X account, that his sources have told him: “There is discussion about Feb 17 moving forward with Usyk defending his belts vs. IBF mandatory Filip Hrgovic as a late replacement.”