The heavyweight world title fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk has been rearranged for 18 May, with a huge penalty for either man if they pull out of the bout.
The pair were due to fight for the undisputed heavyweight world title on 17 February in Saudi Arabia but the contest was postponed on Friday when it was revealed that Fury suffered a severe cut in sparring.
Turki Alalshikh, the man behind the huge sporting events taking place in Saudi Arabia, quickly postponed the whole card and has now rearranged it for 18 May, revealed on The MMA Hour on Saturday evening.
It was also confirmed that a deal has been agreed stating if either man pulls out of the fight set for that date then they will owe their opponent $10m of their own money.
Alalshikh also said Fury was keen to stick to the date in two weeks, but had to be pulled from the fight as the cut was too serious.
‘This is secret, Tyson doesn’t want me to tell it,’ said Alalshikh. ‘He want to fight on the 17th, even with the cut, and I said “I am not crazy to put you in the ring with this cut”.’
‘It will be circus, not fight. And even if he doesn’t be ready on 18th May, he will play, because I will accept it. We have a deadline with the IBF and I don’t want a headache with IBF. We have a deadline of 18th and we will deliver this fight or a big fight if someone quits from it.’
Fury was calm for the majority of the announcement for the rescheduled bout, but rounded on Usyk’s manager Egis Klimas for comments he made after Friday’s withdrawal.
‘Tyson Fury is a f***ing coward who will do anything not to face Usyk, and he asked his bitch to hit him with a frying pan in his brow,’ Klimas told The Ring Magazine. ‘You can quote me word for word for that.’
Fury said: ‘Egis, never call me a coward again. I’ve had 35 professional fights, I’ve been boxing 18 years of my life, climbed off the canvas 10 times off the biggest punchers in history to win. Never a coward, I’ve never backed down from any man in my life.
‘And if any man calls my wife a bitch, I take his f***ing teeth out. Do you understand me?’
Klimas denied calling Fury’s wife a bitch, but asked if he wanted to apologise for his comments he said: ‘I still feel the same.’
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