Fury-Usyk fight is ‘not going to happen’ in December, says promoter Warren

Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury

UK boxer Tyson Fury will not be going ahead with his fight against rival heavyweight champ Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk on Dec. 23, Fury’s promoter Frank Warren said on Oct. 29 – a decision that came as absolutely no great surprise.

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With less than eight weeks to go, the "Gypsy King" (Fury) will not be ready. Cut in the middle of his forehead, bruised around the left eye, and very sore after absorbing some bombs from Francis Ngannou, who shocked both Fury and the world last night, the WBC heavyweight champion will need time to recover, Boxing News 24/7 wrote after Fury’s fight with MMA star/pro boxing debutant on Oct. 28.

“Tyson did what he always does and came away with the win and now we’ll look to the future, we know the fight’s been made with Usyk and hopefully there will be a date nailed down soon, as soon as Tyson feels like he’s ready to go,” Warren said. He added that, “it was a harder fight than (Derek) Chisora and it was a harder fight than Dillian Whyte, that’s a fact.”

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“No, we won’t be going for that (the Dec. 23 date), he won’t be ready for that. It was a tough, tough fight. He’ll need time out to heal his body, the time that takes, and then get back into camp, he’ll only have about five or six weeks training, so it’s not going to happen.”

Fury defeated Ngannou by split decision (96-93, 95-94, 94-95).

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