Oleksandr Usyk ‘Furious’ After Missing Baby’s Birth Before Tyson Fury Cancelled Fight

Oleksandr Usyk ‘Furious’ After Missing Baby’s Birth Before Tyson Fury Cancelled Fight

Elijah Odetokun
updated at February 6, 2024 at 6:43 AM
  • Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury’s bout slated for February 17 is off
  • The match was rescheduled after Fury called for a postponement
  • Usyk’s manager has hit out at the British boxer for the incident

The postponement of the highly anticipated heavyweight bout between Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury has left the Ukrainian boxer furious, and the reason has come to light.

Fury and Usyk were scheduled to clash in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on February 17, but it was rescheduled after the British boxer suffered an injury during sparring.

Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk, London.
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk square up during a press conference in London. Photo by Alex Pantling.
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The Gypsy King claimed to have suffered an elbow to the eye during sparring, which made him have 11 stitches and unavoidably had to reschedule the bout.

Per MMA Fighting, the new date is May 18 at the same venue in Riyadh. This time, a break clause of $10 million was quoted to be paid by whoever withdraws.

Usyk missed arrival of fourth child

Usyk's manager, Egis Klimas, accused Fury of purposely causing the injury, claiming he would do anything to avoid the fight with his client because he was scared.

Klimas claimed his client was disappointed but did not show it. He just smiled and went back to training.

The Ukrainian boxer’s sparring partner, Emanuel Odiase, has disclosed the personal sacrifice made by the unified heavyweight champion for the fight.

“I don’t know if a lot of people know this, but he missed his baby’s birth for this,” Odiase told Daily Mirror.
“He was in Spain preparing when his wife was giving birth in Ukraine. He was so focused on camp that he stayed in Spain, and he missed it for that, so it’s extra annoying, I can imagine.”

The Cat married his wife Yekaterina in 2009, and they have four children together, including a daughter born last Thursday.

Usyk and Fury to unify titles

Sports Brief previously reported on Usyk and Fury unifying heavyweight titles. The Brit is the WBC champion, while the Ukrainian is the WBA, WBA and IBF champion.

The winner will be the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999. The fight has now been rescheduled for May 18 in Saudi Arabia.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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