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Usyk-Fury bout postponed: Official statement

Usyk-Fury bout postponed: Official statement Usyk-Fury bout postponed

The Head of the General Entertainment Authority of Saudi Arabia, Turki Al-Asheikh, confirmed the postponement of the bout between Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk and British boxer Tyson Fury for the title of the undisputed heavyweight world champion, reports BoxingScene.

The Usyk-Fury bout scheduled for February 17 will not take place. The match between the boxers at the Kingdom Arena in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, has been postponed to a later date. The disruption of the clash of champions is attributed to an injury suffered by the British boxer during a sparring session in the training camp.

"The decision comes after Fury suffered an unfortunate cut above his right eye during a training session in Riyadh. Originally scheduled for February 17 as part of Riyadh Season activities, the fight will be rescheduled at a later date and tickets will be refunded to the public," said the official.

According to him, an understanding of the recovery timeline for the "Gypsy King" will emerge after a thorough examination by the medical team. Subsequently, all parties involved will collaborate on selecting a new, as soon as possible, match date. Al ash-Sheikh is confident that the Briton still aims to deliver an unforgettable spectacle for boxing fans.

"A disheartened Fury shared his sentiments, expressing his devastation at the setback after months of dedicated preparation and peak physical condition. He extended his apologies to all individuals impacted by the postponement, including his own team, Team Usyk, the undercard fighters, partners, fans, and the gracious hosts in Riyadh Season," added the official.

What happened to Tyson Fury

The evening before, news of a serious injury to the Briton became known. Images of the "Gypsy King's" cut surfaced online, and the promotional company Queensberry Promotions declared the impossibility of holding the match on February 17.

Later, Fury made an official statement regarding the injury. He apologized to everyone involved in organizing the fight and the fans, promising to work towards a swift return to the ring.

Usyk's team responded cautiously to the opponent's injury. The Ukrainian's entourage suggested urgent organization of a title fight for their client. The most likely opponent is the mandatory IBF contender, Filip Hrgović from Croatia.