Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren insists there is a ‘cult against’ The Gypsy King after shooting down conspiracy theories over his fight with Oleksandr Usyk being postponed.
Last Friday, the undisputed heavyweight title showdown scheduled for 17 February was shelved after Fury suffered a cut above his right eye in training which required 15 stitches.
A new date of 18 May was quickly arranged over the weekend with Fury to take time to allow the injury to heal after being accidentally caught in a sparring session with Croatian fighter Agron Smakici.
Despite images showing the severity of the cut and video footage suggesting it may have been a stray elbow that caused the damage, some boxing fans have continued to question the validity of Fury’s injury.
Fury vs Usyk was initially agreed to take place last spring before the deal fell through at the 11th hour.
A new date was agreed for last December but that was pushed back after Fury’s gruelling clash against former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.
But his promoter Warren has labelled any questions over Fury’s integrity as ‘libelous and scandalous.’
“Tyson wants the fight,” Warren told 5 Live Boxing. ‘Some of the stuff that’s been going out, I’ve never heard anything like it. It’s like some kind of cult against him.
‘Some stupid idiot was asking do we know it is real… I don’t understand how people making a living out of this game.
‘Has Tyson got make-believe stitches in his eye? What they’re saying is quite libelous and scandalous. Tyson has been training like a demon since Christmas.’
Fury has been out in Saudi preparing for the fight but will now return to the UK.
‘He can’t continue training as such. He can tick over. He can get on the bike and keep well but when you’re training for a fight you’re training to reach your ultimate best, your peak.
‘Now he has to wind down and set everything back in motion to get himself up and ready and make sure he’s at his best for May 18.’