Oleksandr Usyk missed birth of his baby before Tyson Fury cancelled their fight



Boxing In Riyadh: Tyson Fury v Francis Ngannou
Oleksandr Usyk was meant to face Tyson Fury on February 17 (Picture: Getty)

Oleksandr Usyk missed the birth of his baby daughter while training for his fight against Tyson Fury before the British star postponed their bout in Riyadh.

Fury and Usyk were set for a highly-anticipated battle in Saudi Arabia for the undisputed heavyweight championship on February 17.

But Fury decided to call it off after suffering a nasty cut in sparring and their showdown has now been rearranged for May 18.

Usyk’s manager Egis Klimas blasted the Gypsy King over the postponement and accused him of causing the injury on purpose, labelling him a ‘f****** coward’.

It has now emerged that Usyk missed the arrival of his fourth child while training in Spain for his bout with Fury after his wife Yekaterina gave birth in Ukraine last Thursday.

‘I don’t know if a lot of people know this, but he missed his baby’s birth for this,’ Usyk’s sparring partner Emanuel Odiase told the Daily Mirror.

‘He was in Spain preparing when his wife was going birth in Ukraine. He was so focused on camp that he stayed in Spain and he missed it for that, so it’s extra annoying I can imagine.

Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk Press Conference
Tyson Fury was labelled a ‘coward’ by Oleksandr Usyk’s manager (Picture: Getty)

‘He’s been in Spain for two or three months, but his daughter was born a couple of days ago.

‘He looked the best in this camp, as good as ever. I think he felt it as well. He was in good shape and then boom, fight is postponed.

‘As the man he is, I don’t think he will get distracted. I wish them all the best and a lot of health, it’s annoying but that’s life.

‘You’ve got to stay cool, calm and collected because if you let that stuff get in your head it’s not good for you.’

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