Fury-Usyk Poster for May 18th Date Ignites Debate: Is Fury Petrified of Usyk?

By Daniel Mcglinchey - 02/05/2024 - Comments

A new official poster was created for the rescheduled Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk undisputed heavyweight championship on May 18th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Fury looks like he’s just seen a goblin, showing pure terror on his face.

Fury looks Afraid

Fury has an unmistakable expression of fear on his face. Whoever created the poster by the Saudis has to be aware of what fans feel about Tyson after his ‘injury’ pull-out.

They think he wants no part of facing the talented IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs), so he’ll keep getting injured until His Excellency washes his hands of him. If Fury pulls out again, Turki Alalshikh may choose to go in another direction rather than invest more time and money into this fight.

The Saudis spent a lot of money on the promo for the previous date, February 17th, for the Fury-Usyk fight, only to see it go down the drain when Fury suffered an injury sparring last week.

Tyson With More Time to Train

Carl Froch questions why Fury was sparring without a face shield two weeks before the fight and sloppily brawling, and he wonders if the video footage is old.

Froch notes that the injury gives Fury more time to prepare for the fight, an extension that some would say goes nicely, given the rumors of him being dropped repeatedly by sparring partners and beaten up.

“I thought the fight wasn’t going to happen, not because I thought he was going to get injured. I thought he would pull out with an injury, shoulder or a bad back to give himself more time [to prepare],” said Carl Froch to talkSPORT Boxing about his belief that he never thought the Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk undisputed championship would have on February 17th.

“Why is he sparring sloppy with no face protector on?” said Froch about Fury. “Why is he putting himself in the position two weeks out before the fight looking sloppy in that sparring.

“I don’t know whether to take any of that sparring session and the footage that I’ve seen how real to take that. I don’t know how credible to give it because even the picture looks like an old picture. I’m worried if it’s ever going to happen,” said Froch.

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