Usyk vs. Hrgovic Backup Plan If Fury Drops Out

Oleksandr Usyk will face Filip Hrgovic if Tyson Fury withdraws from their fight.

That is according to Usyk’s sporting director, Sergey Lapin. Fury withdrew from their Undisputed Heavyweight Championship fight after sustaining a cut in sparring over his right eye. This was the second time Fury had failed to meet the date after it was initially rescheduled from December 23 last year. The news meant the fight was moved to May 18. There are concerns Fury won’t have enough time to allow the cut to heal. But Turki AlalShikh has now demanded a $10 million fine if either boxer pulls out, leaving Fury with no choice but to go through with the fight. Usyk’s team are prepared in case of more bad news.

“I hope Usyk gets the chance to settle the score with Fury on May 18th, but if he continues to run away, we have a provision in the agreement to replace Fury with Filip Hrgovic. Hrgovic is the backup opponent, so the show will go on regardless of whether he fights, as confirmed by His Excellency Turki Al-Ash-Sheikh,” Lapin said

While that keeps Usyk active, it would prevent him from becoming the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion, unless the WBC were to strip Fury and make it a title fight. That would prove highly unpopular, meaning boxing fans may have to wait longer if Fury cannot commit to the current date.

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