Tyson Fury's Clash with Oleksandr Usyk in Doubt Fight Postponed?
The much-anticipated heavyweight unification bout between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk might not unfold as planned on February 17 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Retired former super middleweight champion Carl Froch, now a pundit, casts doubt on the event, suggesting Fury’s potential withdrawal due to concerns about his physical condition and preparation.
Fury, 35, faced unexpected challenges against former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in October, securing a disputed split decision win in a 10-round non-title bout. Usyk, 36, also encountered his own struggles when dropped by a body shot in the fifth round against Daniel Dubois, eventually winning in the ninth round. These bouts stirred discussions about both fighters’ ability to take hits.
Froch voiced concerns about Fury’s physique, hinting at a need to shed weight and ensure optimal conditioning before the fight. The retired champion expressed skepticism about Fury’s readiness, hinting that the bout might be postponed until March, citing the boxer’s desire to relax and spend time with his large family during the festive season.
Fury’s father, John Fury, shares similar apprehensions, emphasizing the need for more time to fine-tune Tyson’s physical shape and strength. John observed a perceived decline in Tyson’s physical condition in his recent fights and stressed the necessity of addressing these concerns to ensure his son enters the ring in top form for the significant clash against Usyk.
The uncertainty surrounding Fury’s physical readiness has cast doubt on the scheduled February showdown. Despite the fervent anticipation within the boxing world for this unification fight, voices from the Fury camp raise legitimate concerns about his conditioning and the potential necessity for postponement to ensure a more prepared and formidable Tyson Fury steps into the ring against Usyk.