Fury withdraws from Ustinov fight after uncle taken ill

Tyson Fury and Alexander Ustinov at Friday's weigh in. Picture: @KarenPriestley Photography
Tyson Fury and Alexander Ustinov at Friday's weigh in. Picture: @KarenPriestley Photography
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Tyson Fury has withdrawn from his fight with Alexander Ustinov in Manchester on Saturday night after his uncle and first trainer, Hughie, has been taken seriously ill into hospital.

Belarusian Ustinov was a stand in for original opponent Dereck Chisora who fractured his hand in the run up to the clash but Fury will now not step through the ropes at the Phones 4 U Arena due to the health of the man who guided the early part of his career.

The Morecambe heavyweight’s uncle and trainer Peter took the decision to pull him out of the fight rather than risk his safety by sending him into the ring with his mind not focused.

Hughie, from Lancaster, has recently been guiding the career of his son Hughie Dempsey, a 19-year-old super middleweight prospect.

Promoter Frank Warren said a new date for Fury and Chisora’s world title eliminator would be announced next week.

Saturday night’s show in Manchester will still go ahead without Tyson with Billy Joe Saunders challenging for the vacant European Middleweight title against Emanuele Blandamura, Liam Smith defending his British Light-Middleweight title against Jason Welborn, Terry Flanagan challenging Martin Gethin for the Vacant British Lightweight Championship and Jack Catterall facing Nathan Brough for the vacant Central Area Light-Welterweight Championship.