Boxing fans create 'conspiracy theory' after Tyson Fury's Instagram post following Oleksandr Usyk postponement
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Boxing fans came up with a 'conspiracy theory' after Tyson Fury's latest Instagram post following the postponement of his fight with Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury was forced to pull out of the fight, which was scheduled for February 17 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, after suffering a 'freak cut' in sparring.
Although a video has surfaced on social media showing the alleged moment the cut occurred, there is yet to be confirmation over when exactly it happened.
The big news, though, is that Fury will need time to recover - and Boxing News report that Usyk's camp are now 'exploring' the possibility of fighting IBF mandatory challenger Filip Hrgovic on February 17 instead.
In a statement posted by Queensberry Promotions following news of the postponement, Fury said: "I am absolutely devastated after preparing for this fight for so long and being in such superb condition.
"I feel bad for everyone involved in this huge event and I will work diligently towards the rescheduled date once the eye has healed."
He then added in a separate Instagram post: "Can't help getting injured in sparring but what I can say was Usyk was in trouble I am in fantastic shape.
"I will reschedule as soon as I can. 2024 a massive year for team GK."
In response, some fans on X (Twitter) theorised that the photo was in fact older - claiming that Fury had posed in the same blue underwear in sparring on a previous occasion.
One fan later debunked the theory by pointing out that the blue briefs in Fury's Instagram post are in fact longer than in previous photos, and also a different shade of blue.
Fury has often worn underwear inspired by the Rocky Balboa movies in the past, with the blue briefs appearing to be from the Rocky III 'Clubber' range.
Two weeks out from the fight, Fury is showing he was indeed in good shape to take on Usyk in what would have been a unification bout for the heavyweight titles.
But his decision to pull out didn't exactly impress Usyk's promoter, Alex Krassyuk, who replied on Instagram: "Wish you soonest recovery. God sent you a sign. Think of retirement, brother."