The highly anticipated bout between Tyson Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) and Oleksandr Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs) has been called off after Fury suffered a severe cut during his training. The WBC heavyweight champion and his group Queensberry Promotions confirmed the news this afternoon.
FURY VS USYK STATEMENT pic.twitter.com/z7nf4Q3N70— Queensberry Promotions (@Queensberry) February 2, 2024
The cut damaged above Fury’s right eye and it would take several months for it to heal, per Chris Mannix. A video of the sparring session also was released.
FURY CUT FOOTAGE— NoSmokeBoxing (@NoSmokeBoxing) February 2, 2024
Footage of the punch that allegedly cut Tyson Fury in training pic.twitter.com/sgjuBqCFab
As for Usyk, it is uncertain who he will defend his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles against. For boxing fans this was an unpredictable outcome for what was slated to be the first undisputed heavyweight showdown since Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield in 1999.
The bout was set to take place at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Fury fought former UFC start Francis Ngannou at that same venue last December, narrowly escaping with a decision win. Croatian heavyweight Filip Hrgovic is a possible last minute opponent for Usky who defeated Daniel Dubois last June by 9th-round KO.