Unified cruiserweight world titleholder Oleksandr Usyk has knowledgeable World Boxing Tremendous Collection organizer Comosa AG that he has suffered a minor left elbow harm, forcing the event remaining in opposition to fellow unified titleholder Murat Gassiev to be postponed.
Usyk, a southpaw, and Gassiev, who every maintain two main 200-pound pound world titles, have been scheduled to fulfill within the remaining of the eight-man event to find out the undisputed champion on Might 11 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. However on Monday the World Boxing Tremendous Collection introduced the struggle has been postponed.
“Team Usyk has informed Comosa AG that Mr. Usyk suffered a minor elbow injury whilst training for his World Boxing Super Series final against Murat Gassiev, for the Muhammad Ali Trophy,” the World Boxing Tremendous Collection mentioned in a press release. “It has been confirmed by all parties, including Comosa AG appointed independent medical staff, that Mr. Usyk is unavailable for the scheduled date of the event, May 11th. As such, the May 11th event, due to take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has been postponed.”
Comosa AG mentioned it’s consulting with the Usyk and Gassiev groups, in addition to Sela Sport, the native organizer in Jeddah, to give you a brand new date for the struggle.
“Comosa AG wishes Mr. Usyk a good and speedy recovery. Further information on the rescheduling of the final will be released in due course,” the assertion mentioned.
The postponement comes at a time when there was severe dialogue concerning the remaining probably transferring from Saudi Arabia to Russia, the place an funding group is claimed to be considering bringing the struggle there for thousands and thousands of greater than was being supplied in Jeddah.
Usyk (14-Zero, 11 KOs), 31, the 2012 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist from Ukraine, unified two belts within the semifinals with a majority resolution win over Mairis Briedis on Jan. 27 in Briedis’ hometown of Riga, Latvia.
Gassiev (26-Zero, 19 KOs), 24, of Russia, additionally unified two world titles within the semifinals with a stirring 12th-round knockout of Yunier Dorticos in a struggle of the yr contender on Feb. Three in Sochi, Russia. The World Boxing Tremendous Collection, which debuted in 2017 with two eight-man tournaments, one at cruiserweight and one at tremendous middleweight, additionally mentioned it could announce the burden lessons for its second season of tournaments within the coming weeks.
The cruiserweight and tremendous middleweight tournaments ran easily with solely tremendous middleweight Juergen Braehmer dropping out of the semifinals because of sickness. However each finals are hampered by harm.
Moreover Usyk’s elbow drawback, tremendous middleweight world titleholder George Groves suffered a dislocated left shoulder in a unanimous resolution victory over British countryman Chris Eubank Jr. within the semifinals on Feb. 17 and requested for a postponement of the 168-pound remaining.
Groves (28-Three, 20 KOs), 30, is because of defend his belt in opposition to countryman Callum Smith (24-Zero, 17 KOs), 27, within the remaining on June 2 on the O2 Enviornment in London however Groves mentioned he wanted one other month to be prepared for the struggle after having surgical procedure. The World Boxing Tremendous Collection has not but introduced whether or not it is going to postpone the tremendous middleweight remaining or use an alternate to interchange Groves.