Tyson Fury 'wants Oleksandr Usyk fight called off' as footage of boxing star on crutches sparks fan alarm

Tyson Fury 'wants Oleksandr Usyk fight called off' as footage of boxing star on crutches sparks fan alarm

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 14/05/2024

- 08:12

Updated: 17/05/2024

- 09:39

The Gypsy King will be returning to the ring on May 18, having last fought Francis Ngannou back in October

Boxing fans believe Tyson Fury wants his fight with Oleksandr Usyk called off after the 35-year-old was seen using crutches on Monday.

The Gypsy King is currently preparing for his return to action, having edged Francis Ngannou during his last bout back in October.

There were chaotic scenes yesterday, with Fury's father, John, left bloodied after aiming a headbutt at a member of Usyk's team.

The 59-year-old has since apologised for his actions.

Tyson Fury crutches

Tyson Fury was seen using crutches ahead of his fight with Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night


But there was alarm sparked yesterday, with Fury seen using crutches just day before he's due to take part in the biggest fight of his life.

And boxing fans on social media believe Fury wants the showdown to be scrapped, with one X user saying: "This fight won't happen. Fury doesn't want the fight wouldn't be surprised if the fight gets called off AGAIN."

A second said: "Just seen some of the stuff from the Fury press conference and then him limping out on crutches! There’s no way he wants this fight to go ahead I’m not sure at what moment but guaranteed the fight gets called off!"

A third referred to the footage of John and said: "He is clearly trying to get the fight called off because he absolutely knows Usyk is going to school Fury!"

Another questioned: "Are Fury's team trying to get the fight cancelled?"

A fifth said: "Man Fury's camp looks scared. Seems like desparation is setting in. I wonder what other antics we're going to see this week to get the fight cancelled."

And a sixth stated: "Fury camp looking to get fight cancelled again it seems."

While Fury was on crutches, however, everything may not be as it seems.

talkSPORT say it is simply a 'publicity stunt' from the Briton to ramp up excitement and intrigue for Saturday's blockbuster event.

Should the fight be postponed or cancelled for any reason, Fury would have to pay a fine of £10million.

And while that's small change for a man of his wealth, it's still hard to see the bout being cancelled just days before it's due to take place.

John, meanwhile, has apologised for his actions and claimed it's 'just the way we are'.

"Sincere apologies to everybody involved. It's just the way we are," he said.

"Emotions and tensions are running high. He was a very disrespectful fella.


John Fury

Tyson Fury's father John was left bloodied after headbutting a member of Oleksandr Usyk's team


"If you come close in a fighting man's space, you're gonna cop for something.

"What matters to me is respect for my son and he wasn't showing any of it.

"He mentioned my son and that was it, so he had to have it. It doesn't bother me [bleeding], it's what we live for, we're fighting people. That's a regular occurrence to me."

Stanislav Stepchuk, who was attacked, has insisted he didn't do anything to provoke John.

Tyson Fury Oleksandr Usyk

Tyson Fury was amused after his father headbutted a member of Oleksandr Usyk's team


"I didn't touch him. He went crazy," said Stepchuk. "Yeah [I wanted to punch him], but because of the age difference it would not be very fair.

"He should not look for an actual fight because he could have a heart attack and finish in the ambulance."

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