By Yuri Tarantin
Alexander Krassyuk, CEO of K2 Promotions Ukraine, discussed the shocking situation which played out last week with heavyweight Tyson Fury's scheduled return on Saturday night in Manchester.
Fury was scheduled to face Dereck Chisora in a WBO eliminator. Last Monday Chisora withdrew with a fractured left hand. The fight was offered to giant-sized Alexander Ustinov, who is promoted by K2 Ukraine.
On the morning of the fight, Fury withdrew from the contest and stated that his uncle was ill. The British public was furious, especially since Fury publically humiliated Chisora and David Haye for their fight withdrawals.
"Of course, when someone from your family is experiencing health problems, it directly falls on you. All of our thoughts are with this gentleman [who is ill], and we wish him the quickest recovery. But it seems that Mike Tyson once said that if you are a professional, you have to treat everything professionally. This means that you have to do your job to the end. Whoever you are - a boxer, policeman or firefighter. If something happens in the family, and the police officer says that because of this he will not protect people from criminals, or for the same reason a firefighter refuses to extinguish the fire - it would not be right. This is my opinion," Krassyuk said.
"Ustinov very polite person. He told me that during weigh-in - Tyson looked into his eyes and [Ustinov] saw that he was not sure of himself, and [Ustinov felt] something could go wrong. I can not criticize Tyson. He is a boxer, and he makes his own decisions for his career. But, as they say in the British media, such a solution considerably undermines self-respect. I fully knew that this fight would not be easy for [Fury] because Ustinov was in good shape."
Yuri Tarantin covers boxing for Allboxing.ru