Usyk’s Promoter Casts Doubt On Fury Turning Up

Alex Krassyuk, Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter, is not convinced Tyson Fury will face the Ukrainian. 

The two boxers are on course to fight for the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship on May 18. This was the second time the fight has been rescheduled. It was initially meant for December 23 last year. Fury withdrew after facing a tougher-than-expected fight against Francis Ngannou.

The Gypsy King was sent to the canvas in the third round, winning a narrow split decision. Fury suffered bruises and cuts, as a new date for the Usyk fight was set for February 17. However, Fury withdrew again after suffering a big cut over his right eye in sparring. Turki Alalshikh responded by rescheduling for May 18. The fighters also agreed to pay a $10 million fine if they withdrew. But Krassyuk still had reservations about Fury. 

“I have no guarantees the first fight ever takes place. The man [Tyson Fury] has withdrawn four times in a row already. We have even decided to stop all the jokes and criticism towards Luke [Fury] to support his confidence. So, if there is anything else we can do to help him get in the ring with Usyk, we are ready to do that,” Krassyuk said

Fury’s history has shown he can withdraw from big fights. He failed to honor the Wladimir Klitschko rematch. Fury suffered an ankle injury, preventing the fight. He then retired and struggled with mental health problems, meaning the Ukrainian missed out on the rematch. Fury’s cut has also raised concerns it won’t heal in time for May. Fury may resort to body sparring in fear of the cut reopening. Until Fury is in the ring with Usyk, fans have their doubts. 

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