TYSON FURY has sensationally been accused of STAGING the elbow that forced his fight with Oleksandr Usyk to be axed.
Fury suffered a horror cut in sparring just two weeks out from his planned undisputed title decider with Usyk in Saudi Arabia.
The horror cut that forced Tyson Fury out of fighting Oleksandr UsykX @Queensbury
Fury showed off how his eye was recovering
Grainy footage revealed sparring partner Agron Smakici accidentally landing the fatal blow that caused over ten stitches in hospital.
Fury, 35, has since agreed to reschedule the four-belt unification bout with Usyk, 37, to May 18 after being left with the horror gash.
But remarkably, former world champion Timothy Bradley claimed the Gypsy King might have set the whole thing up.
Bradley, 40, said on the Deep Waters podcast: “I smell something. I smell bulls***, that’s what I smell.
“If you go and you look at that video, first of all the video had to be shot with a Samsung or something like that because the quality was all grainy… it looks disgusting.
“When you look at it in slow motion, did that elbow, which looked deliberate, land on the eye of Tyson Fury? No. the punch landed on the chin of Tyson Fury.
“If you look up the guy, he says that he landed a punch. That’s what he said, ‘I landed a punch on the guy’.
“He claimed it was a punch that landed against Tyson Fury but they put out this little video and that elbow that was thrown, that was deliberate, and it landed on the chin.
“I don’t know, I smell something fishy man. I see the cut. I get it.”
There is no evidence that the cut was staged.
Fury had been out in Riyadh – away from wife Paris and his seven kids – since the start of the new year preparing for the fight of his life.
And he now has to wait even longer for the biggest payday of his career following what was clearly a freak injury.
The baseless accusations and conspiracy theories surrounding Fury’s cut and withdrawal led promoter Frank Warren to starkly defend him.
Warren told the BBC: “Tyson wants the fight.
“Some of the stuff that’s been going out, I’ve never heard anything like it. Has Tyson got make-believe stitches in his eye?
“What they’re saying is libellous and scandalous. It’s like some kind of cult against him. He can’t continue training as such. He can tick over.
“He can get on the bike and keep well but when you’re training for a fight you’re training to reach your ultimate best, your peak.
“Now he has to wind down and set everything back in motion to get himself up and ready and make sure he’s at his best for May 18.”
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