The man who cut Tyson Fury leading to his fight with Oleksandr Usyk being postponed insists there is no ill-feeling over the incident and hopes to be invited back for The Gypsy King’s next fight camp.
Fury and Usyk were set to meet on 17 February in Saudi Arabia to crown the heavyweight division’s first undisputed champion in 25 years.
Agron Smakici was the man who accidentally did the damage, strongly dismissing suggestions he caught Fury with an elbow.
In an interview with IFL TV, Smakici revealed the moment Fury stepped back from their session with blood flowing from just above his right eye. Despite the consequences of what happened, he insisted Fury’s team, including trainer SugarHill Steward and manager Spencer Brown, were sympathetic.
The Croatian southpaw also hopes to be part of Fury’s camp again ahead of that rescheduled date on 18 May – joking he will wear ‘some elbow protection’ next time he shares the ring with the WBC champion.
Recalling the moment it happened, he said: ‘We didn’t know what happened, they didn’t say it was elbow. He [Fury] just says, “I am bleeding, I’m cut.
‘But it wasn’t an elbow. It wasn’t on purpose. It was a punch, I threw a punch, maybe the way he was pulling my head forward, it goes to the elbow.’
Asked if there was any anger in the camp after it became clear Fury was hurt, Smakici said: ‘No, they are really cool. They say, “hey it happens. You did great rounds, thank you very much.”
‘Everybody was good, Everyone, Sugar, his manager Spencer, they are great people. Whatever you need, they help you. I asked them if my girlfriend could join me in camp. The said no problem, you help us, we will help you.’
Smakici, who has also sparred Anthony Joshua in the past, also revealed Fury was indulging in some of his trademark trash talk during that sparring session, calling him a ‘little sausage’ as they traded leather.
‘We did good rounds. He did some tricks, he likes to speak, “you little sausage, come on let’s go.” He is the type like that. We had some stuff like that, speaking in sparring. Then the cut happened in the third round. Before that it was very good sparring.’
After working with Fury, the Croatian fighter was meant to remain in Saudi Arabia to work with Joseph Parker ahead of his heavyweight clash with Zhilei Zhang.
Parker is a training partner and close friend of Fury, preparing for another fearsome southpaw fighter in Zhang with their fight taking place on the Anhtony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou card in March.
‘I would love to [be invited back],’ he said. ‘I was supposed to stay also for Parker. I wanted to help them also. So I would like to go back to the Fury camp and do the whole preparation with him., the conditional training, everything. to push and motivate him.
‘I will put on some elbow protection too.’