On the back of George Groves being forced to delay his appearance in the World Boxing Super Series final, Aleksandr Usyk has now complicated things even further.
Usyk has suffered an elbow injury in the training leaving organisers at Comosa AG with no choice but to hold off on attempts to stage the cruiserweight showpiece on a planned date next month.
Groves and Usyk were due to face Callum Smith and Murat Gassiev respectively, although with the former out until July, the WBSS might now have to begin looking at a summer finale to the inaugural competition.
A statement from WBSS stated the following:
“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.”
“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 is working in partnership with Team Usyk and Team Gassiev as well as Sela Sport, the local event organizers, to establish a new date for the event.
“Comosa AG wishes Mr. Usyk a good and speedy recovery.
“Further information on the rescheduling of the Final will be released in due course.”
July was also earmarked – as last year – to make the announcement about which weight classes will feature in the second round of tournaments, although plans are still in place to reveal all despite the first season being incomplete.
“Comosa AG looks forward to announcing the weight classes that the World Boxing Super Series will employ for Season 2 of the Ali Trophy.
“Fans can expect to find out the divisions in the coming weeks,” added the WBSS.
Rumors both injured finalists could be set to pull out of their places in the Muhammad Ali Trophy spectacle are unfounded at this point as rumors grow of a possible unification for Groves against James DeGale and a move up to heavyweight for Usyk.