LONDON - Britain's Tyson Fury has withdrawn from his heavyweight fight against Belarusian Alexander Ustinov on Saturday after his uncle fell seriously ill, organizers announced.
"Tyson Fury has withdrawn from his heavyweight contest tonight (Saturday) against Alexander Ustinov after his uncle and first trainer, Hughie, has been taken seriously ill into hospital," said Queensberry Promotions in a statement.
"Tyson's uncle and trainer Peter took the decision to pull him out of the fight rather than risk his health by sending him into the ring with his mind not focused."
Ustinov, 37, had stepped in at the last minute to face 25-year-old Fury after the Briton's compatriot Dereck Chisora was forced to pull out of their scheduled fight in Manchester due to injury.
"I'm very, very, disappointed for the fans," said promoter Frank Warren.
"After Dereck Chisora pulled out because of his hand injury, we worked very hard to secure a world ranked opponent in Ustinov. It's sad that his uncle Hughie is in a serious condition and our thoughts are with him."
Warren is due to announce a new date for the Fury-Chisora fight next week.
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