Tyson Fury injury update provided by boxing chief amid concerns Oleksandr Usyk fight could be delayed again

Tyson Fury injury update provided by boxing chief amid concerns Oleksandr Usyk fight could be delayed again

WATCH NOW: Tyson Fury shows daughter his black eye that caused Oleksandr Usyk fight to be delayed

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 18/02/2024

- 14:55

The Gypsy King will be hoping to win the bout in May

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has claimed Tyson Fury is 'fine' ahead of the 35-year-old's fight with Oleksandr Usyk.

Fury and Usyk had been due to face off this weekend. However, their bout was pushed back by three months after the Briton suffered a gruesome cut to his eye in training.

There are currently fears the bout could be delayed once again following Fury's injury.

But Sulaiman, speaking to Boxing Social, insists that won't happen with Fury 'fine' and back in the gym as the showdown creeps closer.

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury sustained a serious eye injury that caused his fight with Oleksandr Usyk to be pushed back


“It’s boxing. It happens, and I’m sure it’s going to be an even bigger fight now," he said when quizzed on the injury.

"The frustration they both have to endure, so much sacrifice, so much patience, so much work put in, and then one cut and everything is delayed.

“But they’re back in the gym. I spoke to Tyson a couple of days ago.

"He’s fine, he’s ready to continue and it’s going to be one of the best events in the history of boxing on May 18.”

Usyk's camp have hit out at Fury, with Egis Klimas and promoter Alex Krassyuk both taking aim at the Gypsy King.

But Sulaiman believes the anger is only natural and says everything will be 'ok' when Fury and Usyk finally step into the ring.

“It’s only the heated state of mind," the boxing chief continued.

“So much is on the line.

"This is a fight that has not taken place in 25 years, it’s a fight that has tried to take place for the past five years – with making an undisputed heavyweight champion – now that it’s here, from one little moment [incident], it’s out.

"It’s the heat of the moment, it will be okay.”

Meanwhile, Agron Smakici has opened up after causing the fight between the two boxing heavyweights to be delayed.

Smakici was sparring with Fury and inflicted the eye injury after a prank from the Briton backfired.

And the 33-year-old has now provided more details about the injury, revealing Fury wasn't too fazed in the immediate aftermath.

“He did it but it was a joke and I didn’t take it seriously," Smakici told The Sun.

“I was not angry, because he was laughing, he is funny. He is a comedian.


Mauricio Sulaiman

Mauricio Sulaiman says Tyson Fury is 'fine' as Oleksandr Usyk fight creeps closer


"Yes it made me a little more serious, it made me want to show him what I had.

“But it was a clean punch and the elbow was not on purpose, I was just trying to give him better rounds and to show him that I deserved respect.

“I got that respect in the sparring and afterwards he said ‘great sparring, accidents happening, everything before was great’.

"Crazy things like this happen in boxing.”

He added: "I felt the spar was too early. But Fury was motivated, he said he wanted 12 rounds, he did three with Thomas Carty and then I came in.

Tyson Fury Oleksandr Usyk

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will face off on May 18


“He made jokes like ‘let’s go little sausage’ but he was very motivated, dancing in the ring and using his reach a lot.

"I got in and used my style, it was physical, we did some wrestling and good combinations.

“Then the cut happened because we were tired.

"I threw the left hook but my head was also going forward because he was pulling it, it was a bit like dirty boxing.”

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