Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (February 2, 2024) - The undisputed clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk is postponed and will NOT take place on February 17 in Saudi Arabia, but will instead happen on May 18th. The "Gypsy King" suffered a severe cut injury to his right eye during sparring.
Ring doctor Dr. Sven Haladyn, also an editor at BOXEN1, stated, "The cut looks quite deep and requires stitches. Sutures can be removed after one week, during which time Fury cannot engage in any sports due to wound healing. Afterwards, he can resume training and even participate in sparring with headgear. Two weeks after suture removal, he could resume training and sparring as before. It is unlikely that the resulting scar will reopen."
The cut, similar to the one Fury sustained in the fight against Otto Wallin, occurred at the outer edge of the right eye. Reports circulating on social media platforms, particularly X, suggesting that it is the same location as the Wallin fight, are incorrect.
A spokesperson stated, "After the efforts of so many people to finally present this historic event to the world, it is naturally a great disappointment. Once Tyson's eye has been examined by doctors, we will have a better idea of how long the recovery will take. Once this is known, we will work with all parties and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to reschedule the fight as soon as possible, and we will keep everyone informed of developments."
The fight has now be rescheduled for May 18th.
A disappointed Tyson Fury said, "I am absolutely devastated after preparing for this fight for so long and being in such excellent condition. I feel bad for everyone involved in this great event, and I will work with all my might to set a new date as soon as the eye is healed. I can only apologize to all involved, 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."
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