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Tyson Fury's Injury Leads to Postponement of Entire 'Ring of Fire' Event in Riyadh

The highly anticipated 'Ring of Fire' event, featuring the Tyson Fury-Oleksandr Usyk undisputed heavyweight championship fight, has been postponed following Fury's unfortunate injury. Turki Alalashikh, chairman of General Authority and Entertainment in Saudi Arabia, announced the disappointing news on Friday evening.

Tyson Fury

"Riyadh Season announced today that the much-anticipated boxing match between WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury and unified Champion Oleksandr Usyk, named 'Ring of Fire', has been postponed," Alalshikh revealed in a press statement. "The decision comes after Fury suffered an unfortunate cut above his right eye during a training session in Riyadh. Originally scheduled for February 17 as part of Riyadh Season activities, the fight will be rescheduled at a later date and tickets will be refunded to the public."

The event was set to take place at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The postponement also affects the undercard fights, including the Jai Opetaia-Mairis Briedis lineal cruiserweight championship rematch and the Joe Cordina-Anthony Cacace IBF junior lightweight title fight.

Fury's injury occurred during a sparring session, forcing him to withdraw from the February 17 show just two weeks before the first undisputed heavyweight championship showdown of the 21st century.

While there were brief discussions about finding a replacement opponent for Usyk, including unbeaten IBF mandatory challenger Filip Hrgovic, the decision was made to cancel the entire show and reschedule the undisputed heavyweight championship fight.

The cancellation could have implications for Hrgovic and his team, who may push to enforce his mandatory status immediately.

The Saudi investors' focus on the main event is evident, as they chose to cancel the entire undercard. Updates on Fury's recovery and the rescheduling of the fight will be provided as his medical team evaluates his eye injury.

Fury expressed his disappointment at the setback after months of preparation and peak physical condition. He apologized to all affected by the postponement, including his team, Team Usyk, the undercard fighters, partners, fans, and the hosts in Riyadh Season. Fury remains committed to returning to the ring as soon as his eye has fully healed, eager to deliver an unforgettable spectacle for boxing enthusiasts worldwide.


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