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Fury pulls out of Ustinov bout

ESPN staff
July 26, 2014
Tyson Fury had originally been set to face Dereck Chisora before Alexander Ustinov stepped in as a late replacement © PA Photos

Tyson Fury has withdrawn from Saturday's heavyweight bout against Alexander Ustinov after his uncle and former trainer Hughie fell seriously ill and was taken to hospital.

Uncle and current trainer Peter Fury decided to pull his nephew out instead of potentially risking his health by sending him into the ring unfocused.

Fury had initially been set to face Dereck Chisora at Manchester's Phones 4u Arena before the European champion pulled out with a fractured hand. Chisora had suffered the injury in a sparring session against Ustinov, with the Belarusian drafted in by promoter Frank Warren as a late replacement.

"I'm very, very, disappointed for the fans," said Warren, who confirmed the show will still go ahead.

"After Dereck Chisora pulled out because of his hand injury, we worked very hard to secure a world ranked opponent in Ustinov.

"It's sad that his uncle Hughie is in a serious condition and our thoughts are with him."

Warren also insisted that Fury will fight Chisora at a later date, despite Fury vowing he won't agree to a rearranged bout.

Promoters told the BBC that Fury was contractually obligated to take the fight and Warren said: "We will be announcing the rescheduled date for Chisora v Fury next week."

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