Frank Warren cautions Ukraine about the referee in Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk match
Frank Warren has warned Oleksandr Usyk about the way he will behave in his fight with Tyson Fury.
In addition to challenging Usyk for the remaining three belts, Fury, the WBC champion, was scheduled to face the Ukrainian.
The bout will now take place on May 18 (live on DAZN.com), after the original February 17 date was cancelled due to a cut sustained by Fury during training.
Fury’s promoter Warren told Sky Sports, “Cuts and blood always look bad wherein they can look much different in a couple of weeks.”
“I’ll be confident if he is. He’s not going to commit to a date that he knows will not work out.
“It needs to happen on that day because governing organizations are putting pressure on us because they want to see the belts being fought for.
“I’m quite confident it will do.”
“He’s had bad cuts before,” he continued. He believes that it will mend in the upcoming months, giving him six weeks to get ready.
“Again, in stark contrast to all the absurd rumors, he was in excellent physical condition. All you have to do is glance at a few of his pictures to understand.
“Now that he has another deadline to work towards, that’s where he is. The overall attitude at the camp seems to be that they can continue to build on all of their hard work. In boxing, that is not unusual.
“There are stacks of fights over the years that have been delayed.”
With the following explanation, he implied that Usyk is unduly demanding of the referees: “He has a history of whining and protesting when he gets caught to the body.
“Now he’s in there with this guy who knows exactly how to exploit any vulnerability.
“He frequently ‘crybabies’ to the referee, Usyk. He’s had prior incidents involving body shots. Warren stated, “I’m really happy and I’m even more confident in Tyson in this fight than I was prior to [Usyk] fighting Daniel Dubois, as long as the referee is strong in that regard.”
“I have faith in Tyson. I’ve had faith in him from the beginning.
“I genuinely think that he’s the best heavyweight out there.”