Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk has a new date after that ‘freak cut’ sustained by ‘The Gypsy King’ but the boxing world of course has a lot to say about it.
On Friday morning came the seismic news that the lineal and WBC heavyweight king would not be able to make that February 17 unification date, which should have crowned the first undisputed ruler of the sport’s marquee weight class since 1999.
‘The Gypsy King’ of course comes into this fight with questions to be answered after that disappointing performance in his ‘crossover’ fight with former UFC heavyweight king Francis Ngannou. He was on the floor early and just managed to eke out a hotly-disputed split decision victory.
The reaction to Fury’s cut was a tsunami of social media spin and spiel, complete with a fair few conspiracy theories. Normal boxing Twitter basically.
Froch on Fury
One man who is building a nice second career as a pundit is former world super-middleweight king Carl Froch, who has been vocal in his concerns about the future of Fury’s career at the highest level. After the postponement of that February 17 date, he voiced those concerns again.
Talking to his 73,000 subscribers on his ‘Froch on Fighting’ YouTube channel, ‘The Cobra’ claimed: “I don’t think his heart’s in it like it should be any more, just from what I’ve seen and what he says and how he behaves. I just think he’s made a lot of money, I’m not sure how serious he is about the sport.
“I think he’s on the slide, which I’ve said before. And I’m not giving him stick – I’ve said before he doesn’t throw as many feints, he’s been dropped four or five times in his last few times and it’s like where is he with his career, where does he want to be. He’s got plenty of money.
“He’s achieved a lot in his career, he’s been a pro for a long time – over 15 years – so I don’t know, I just hope he still does want this fight and he still does have that heart and that desire because if he does it’s gonna be great and we’re gonna get to find out who is the undisputed king of the heavyweight division.”