Tyson Fury surprised many after pulling out of the fight against Oleksandr Usyk scheduled for February 17th of this year. Namely, during one of the sparring matches, Fury got cut above his right eye.
Fortunately for him, the fight was postponed and will take place on May 18th.
Some believe that Fury intentionally did this to have more time to prepare, but also for other reasons.
In an interview with the media, Gypsy King denied that he had such intentions. The very fact that he accepted the fight speaks of his readiness to enter the ring with Oleksandr Usyk.
His last fight with Francis Ngannou created dilemmas among fans of this sport. Fury did not impress in the match with the former UFC star. This is one of the reasons why many believe that Usyk will take the final victory.
However, looking at Fury's career and the successes he has achieved, who can underestimate him at this moment?! According to many, Gypsy King is still the main favorite in the upcoming match.
Promoter Frank Warren is one of those who believe that Tyson will win the match against the Ukrainian. Tyson's last fight is not a true indicator of his strength and quality. Although Warren is aware that Fury had a slightly worse performance, he has no doubts that this time will be different.
“No, no. I’m a big believer in him. I think he’s the best heavyweight out there. I know obviously people feel that there are some question marks after the last fight against Ngannou. For me, he had an off night that he won a fight. I’ve seen fighters have an off night and get beat. He won the fight. We will see.”- Warren told SecondsOut, as reported by boxingscene.com
Warren raises a question for boxing fans: Is Usyk truly strong and skilled? The recent fight against Daniel Dubois has left fans unsure about Usyk's readiness and his chances in a match against Fury. Not even Usyk particularly impressed in the last match.
His opponent was throwing dangerous punches, and it seemed that the Ukrainian might suffer a defeat. However, Oleksandr remained focused during the fight and managed to win.
Warren does not doubt that Fury will emerge victorious from the bout in Saudi Arabia in a few months. Warren made it clear that he would have personally stepped in to prevent Fury from facing Usyk if he had seen that Usyk was a more skilled and higher-quality opponent.
“You got to look at Usyk as well. Usyk against Dubois. Now Dubois has shown that he (Usyk) can be hurt, [that he is] a little vulnerable to the body. Will Tyson exploit that or go a different way of going about it to win the fight? I don’t know. I fancy him, big time, Tyson. I’m not going to bet against him. If I thought he would lose the fight I would try and talk him out of having the fight.”
Eddie Hearn reacts to Tyson Fury's cut: It’s not a hooky, it’s boxing
In response to Fury withdrawing from the fight and the announcement of a new date, another well-known promoter, Eddie Hearn, shared his thoughts. Despite some people questioning the truthfulness of Fury's statements, Hearn is confident that the Gypsy King is being honest.
While Hearn initially had doubts, he stressed that Tyson has a cut, making it impossible for him to participate in the fight. Hearn mentioned that even his colleagues were skeptical. However, considering the importance of the fight and what it means for Fury, Hearn believes that the Gypsy King is genuinely sincere.
"It looks like a bad cut," Hearn told iFL TV.
"I’ve seen in the footage that it’s an elbow or something like that. He spars with an open head guard, but he’s sparred thousands of rounds in his career.
Even in my group chats with my mates saying, ‘That sounds fishy to me’, I’m like ‘Guys, what do you think? He’s not just going to go out and carve himself open with a knife!’.
He’s trained a whole camp, it’s two weeks away from a monster pay day and a fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship.
It’s not a hooky, it’s boxing, it happens, but it’s devastating that it happens to a fight of that magnitude."
Boxing fans are disappointed, considering that they were hoping to watch one of the biggest boxing matches in history in a few days. This development of the situation disappointed everyone. At this moment, the only thing left is to be patient and hope that in May these two great boxers will give us a spectacle.