WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk reacted to his potential fight with WBC belt holder Tyson Fury.
Usyk gave an interview for BBC News Ukraine.
- Are there any chances that it will take place before the end of the year, as Mr. Fury's promoters seem to want?
- It won't take place this year. Negotiations are ongoing. I have everything, thank God, there are no injuries, but there are old injuries that have made themselves felt.
They now need to be cured, and recovery after that will be about one and a half to two months. If this is not done, they can make themselves felt at the most inconvenient moment.
That's why I'm now talking to doctors who are helping me to get my body checked up as much as possible, because I've been on a rigorous training schedule for five months and my body is depleted.
I simply cannot physically prepare now (for the fight before the end of the year - UNIAN) in any way. That's not at all. Why would I go into a fight unprepared?
For me, my inner well-being and health is more important than a big fight, because I'm not going to box and that's it.
I'm going to travel with children, educate them, help them in what they will do, Usyk said.