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Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk undisputed heavyweight title fight off after Briton sustains cu

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Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk undisputed heavyweight title fight off after Briton sustains cut

In a released statement, the British boxer expressed deep disappointment over his current situation, stating that he is “absolutely devastated.” Tyson Fury currently holds the WBC championship, while Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk, aged 37, possesses the WBA, WBO, and IBF belts.

If the bout is rescheduled and takes place at a later date, the winner will be crowned the first undisputed heavyweight champion in the era of four-belt championships. Fury disclosed that he had been diligently preparing to face Usyk and was in excellent physical condition.

Expressing regret for everyone involved in the major event, Fury vowed to work towards the rescheduled date once his eye is fully healed. In an Instagram post, he provided further insights, mentioning his frustration about getting injured in sparring but emphasizing that Usyk was in trouble during their preparations. Fury assured fans that he is in fantastic shape and is looking forward to rescheduling the fight soon, highlighting 2024 as a significant year for his team.

Usyk’s promoter, Alex Krassyuk, extended well-wishes for Fury’s swift recovery and hinted at the possibility of retirement. Fury’s promoters, Queensberry Promotions, mentioned that the recovery period needed would be assessed once doctors examined the cut on Fury’s eye.

Meanwhile, IBF mandatory challenger, Croatian Filip Hrgovic, expressed readiness to step in and face Usyk in Fury’s absence. Hrgovic stated that Fury’s injury opens an opportunity for his mandatory shot, calling on Usyk to finally face him.

Originally scheduled for December 23, the fight faced postponement due to Fury’s previous win over Francis Ngannou in October. Fury, a Morecambe-born boxer, has won 34 fights with one draw since turning professional in 2008. The proposed bout at London’s Wembley Stadium in April had fallen through, drawing criticism for the failure to reach terms with Usyk at that time.

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