Tyson Fury has denied that he has withdrawn from his scheduled fight against Oleksandr Usyk, claiming that the reports of his ‘freak cut’ are ‘fake news’ and that he is ‘ready to rumble’.
The British heavyweight champion was supposed to face the Ukrainian undisputed champion in a historic unification bout in Saudi Arabia on February 17, but the fight was postponed after Fury allegedly suffered a severe cut above his right eye in a sparring session.
However, Fury has dismissed the injury as a ‘minor scratch’ and accused the media of ‘lying’ and ‘trying to sabotage’ his fight. He also blamed the ‘bad lighting’ in the gym for making the cut look worse than it was.
‘I have not pulled out of the fight, I am still going to fight Usyk and knock him out,’ Fury said in a video posted on his social media. ‘The cut is nothing, it’s just a little scratch, it will heal in a few days. The media are lying, they are trying to sabotage my fight.’
The fight between Fury and Usyk is expected to be one of the biggest and most anticipated events in boxing history, with millions of fans around the world eager to watch the clash of the titans. However, with Fury’s injury and antics, the fight is also surrounded by uncertainty and controversy.