Tyson Fury got cut over his right eye while training for his Feb 17 fight against Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia. That bout will have to be reset. The news hit and then the hits came from the disappointed.
But some good cheer got summoned with news that the fight has a new date: May 18, said Turki Alalshikh on the Ariel Helwani show.
So, basically, three months to heal up Fury, who got cut from a punch (not an elbow), if we are to believe the video making the rounds. Sounds about right.
Doubt anyone came at Fury harder than Usyks’ manager, Egis Klimas, who told Joe Santoliquito from RING that he thinks Fury cut himself. (See phrasing below):
The situation prompted flashbacks, too. Wladimir Klitschko’s Bernd Bönte on Facebook said he feels for Team Usyk, that shenanigans and silly drama was a Fury trademark.
“The Gypsy King” took to social media to announce the news, disappointing to so many fans.
But of course, this being 2024, there is no shortage of folks who don’t believe it.
Check out the comments to this video, purporting to show the moment when Fury got sliced in sparring…
So when will Fury and Usyk get it on?
No earlier than May, one would think, if indeed that gash is as advertised in some pics making the rounds.
You notice I said IF?
Sad sign of the times—we are in an age of mass cynicism regarding instances like this. Because what used to be seen as “proof” oftentimes is no longer.
Photoshop is a bitch, basically, for fact checkers. And someone like a Fury, who has been known to stretch the truth, will be scrutinized more so than a more humble sort.
The boxing boss His Excellency Turki Alalshikh’s press team put out a release which says the event will be rescheduled.
I checked in with Bob Arum, who promotes Fury in America. See below: