Tyson Fury flies home on a private jet from Saudi Arabia after calling off his world title fight with Oleksandr Usyk over cut near his eye – and now faces a three-month wait for rescheduled date
- Tyson Fury (35) has officially landed in the UK after leaving Saudi Arabia
- Fury’s undisputed title fight with Oleksandr Usyk has been postponed until May
- The Gypsy King suffered a serious cut above his right eye while sparring on Friday
Tyson Fury has officially landed in the UK after leaving Saudi Arabia following the postponement of his undisputed title clash with Oleksandr Usyk.
The highly anticipated fight was due to take place in Riyadh on February 17, but was postponed after Fury suffered an injury during camp.
The Gypsy King suffered a severe cut above his right eye while sparring on Friday, forcing the fight to be pushed back to May 18.
Fury – who needed 15 stitches after being caught by Agron Smakici’s elbow during training – completed his conditioning in Saudi before returning to the UK.
The Gypsy King was pictured sitting on a private jet with his nutritionist Greg Marriott and his strength and conditioning coach Kristian Blacklock as they made their way back to England.
Tyson Fury has officially landed in the UK after leaving Saudi Arabia following the postponement of his undisputed title clash with Oleksandr Usyk
Fury suffered a nasty laceration above his right eye which delayed his fight until May
Fury – who needed 15 stitches after being caught by Agron Smakici’s elbow in training – completed his conditioning in Saudi before returning to the UK
Blacklock shared the photo on his Instagram story with the following caption: ‘Team grinding but we’ll keep up the good work.
‘The past four months have seen improvements that can be built on! Always take the positive from bad situations.’
Fury and Usyk’s long-awaited showdown to determine the first undisputed heavyweight champion in more than two decades was postponed earlier this week after Fury suffered a cut above his right eye in sparring.
Footage later emerged of a sparring session where the Gypsy King appeared to be hit with a glancing elbow which could have caused the laceration which required several stitches.
In the wake of the postponement, Fury took to social media to say: ‘Can’t help getting injured in sparring but what I can say is Usyk was in trouble. I’m in fantastic shape. I will reschedule as soon as possible. 2024 a massive year for team GK.’
Queenberry also shared a statement from Fury, reading: ‘I’m absolutely devastated after preparing for this fight for so long and being in such great shape. I feel bad for everyone involved in this huge event and I will be diligently working towards the rescheduled date once the eye has healed.
“I can only apologize to everyone affected, including my own team, Team Usyk, the undercard fighters, partners and supporters as well as our hosts and my friends in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Meanwhile, the Gypsy King’s strength and conditioning coach – Blacklock – said Fury was in the best shape of his life ahead of the Usyk fight – claiming he is ‘stronger and more learned’ than ever.
Usyk said he couldn’t help but laugh when he heard the Gypsy King had suffered an injury
Fury shared his body transformation on social media after his clash with Usyk was postponed
Fury agreed with Blocklock and shared a photo of his slimmed down physique on Instagram. In the caption, he said that Usyk would have been in “trouble” had the fight gone ahead as planned.
However, Usyk’s manager Egis Klimas went on a brutal X-rated rant, saying Fury would ‘do anything not to face the IBF, WBA and WBO champion.
He was quoted by Ring Magazine as saying: ‘Fury is a coward who will do anything not to face Usyk and he asked his b**** to hit him with a frying pan in his to hit forehead. You can quote me word for word for that.’
The undisputed title fight will now take place on May 18, with Fury and his team saying he will build on his new form ahead of the rearrangement in Saudi Arabia.