Oleksandr Usyk was not surprised to hear that his fight with Tyson Fury has been called off, with the Gypsy King pulling out due to a serious cut suffered in sparring.
The news came out on Friday, with Queensberry Promotions confirming that Fury has had to undergo treatment for a serious cut above his right eye.
Fury and Usyk were due to fight on 17 February in Saudi Arabia for the undisputed heavyweight championship but that will not be happening, with hope that the bout can be rearranged for later in the year.
Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk said that the unbeaten Ukrainian was unruffled by the news and in fact expected it to come.
‘His mentality is stronger than concrete, stronger than iron, stronger than a stone,’ Krassyuk told Boxing News. ‘He knows what he’s doing, he’s been in boxing for many years, he knows s**t happens.
‘If such small things like this can break him then you can’t call him undisputed. He’s not like that.
‘He said it was expected, that’s what he said. Now he relies on his team to work on his behalf and to work out a good solution. Which we are now in progress with.’
Usyk’s manager, Egis Klimas, echoed those sentiments, telling The Ring Magazine: ‘When the news was brought to Oleksandr, he just smiled. That is all he did. He is too mentally strong to break.’
However, Klimas was not as calm as his fighter, blasting the Gypsy King and accusing him of causing the injury on purpose.
‘Tyson Fury is a f—ng coward who will do anything not to face Usyk, and he asked his bitch to hit him with a frying pan in his brow,’ Klimas said. ‘You can quote me word for word for that.’
Saudi deal-maker Turki Alalshikh confirmed that the whole card will be postponed to a later date, but Krassyuk believes Usyk should face IBF mandatory challenge Filip Hrgovic on 17 February.
‘This is the only smart decision that saves everyone and cuts the damage of all the parties,’ he said. ‘Usyk has to fight on February 17th with Filip Hrgovic. So the IBF gets their mandatory If Usyk is lucky to win he removes the IBF obstacle from his way to undisputed.
‘People purchased tickets for the event, they bought hotels, they booked flights, which normally cannot be refunded.
‘Number three, the broadcasters are ready to produce the event. Then undercard fighters have been training throughout this period to get their shot. They are not injured, they are ready to go and some of them are relying on income from this fight.
‘It’s win-win for everyone. EVeryone is happy. Tyson takes his time, drinks beer, watches TV, go to sauna, whatever and he will still be champion, he will not be stripped, not be punished. He keeps another opportunity to pull out of the fight.’
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