Published On: Fri, Feb 2nd, 2024
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Tyson Fury told to ‘retire’ by Usyk camp after postponing Saudi fight | Boxing | Sport

Tyson Fury has been urged to retire by Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk after the Gypsy King was forced to postpone their blockbuster fight with just over two weeks’ notice. Fury sustained a cut eye during sparring that ensured he would be unable to recover in time for their February 17 date.

Fury released a statement showcasing his heavily cut eye which required stitches, as he detailed that he would be unable to face Usyk in Saudi Arabia, having put his WBC title on the line against Usyk’s WBO, WBA and IBF belts.

“I am absolutely devastated after preparing for this fight for so long and being in such superb condition,” the statement read. “I feel bad for everyone involved in this huge event and I will work diligently towards the rescheduled date once the eye has healed.

“I can only apologise to everyone affected including by own team, Team Usyk, the undercard fighters, partners, and fans as well as our hosts and my friends in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

He then quickly took to Instagram to further vent his frustrations at the decision. “Can’t help getting injured in sparring but what I can say was Usyk was in trouble I am in fantastic shape,” Fury wrote. “I will reschedule soon as I can. 2024 a massive year for team GK.”

Krassyuk then commented on Fury’s post urging him to retire. “Wish you soonest recovery,” he said, before warning the 35-year-old: “God sent you a sign. Think of retirement, brother.”

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