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Agron Smakici” I cut Tyson Fury’s eye and caused Oleksandr Usyk fight….

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Agron Smakici I cut Tyson Fury’s eye and caused Oleksandr Usyk fight to be postponed – he provoked me with ‘dirty moves’

At the start of February, the Gypsy King was forced to postpone his undisputed heavyweight world title clash with Oleksandr Usyk from February 17 to May 18 after suffering a gash in sparring.

This was caused by Croatian sparring partner Smakici, who joined White and Jordan on talkSPORT on Thursday to reflect on the situation.

“Nothing special happened,” he explained, “We had a good sparring session all day before that.

“It’s just he put some fire with some bad talking and some dirty moves.

“When my head was down he did some dirty tricks and that makes the fire, the heat going on.

“And then I gave 100 per cent of me and the injury happened unfortunately…

“He said some things, but it’s not so much what he said. He put my head down.

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“Even if I put his head many times down because I have good wrestling skills, he put my head down one time and he was doing like bad things with my head if you know what I mean.”

Smakici did not specify exactly what gestures Fury made with his head.

There has been some controversy as to whether the blow which cut Fury was actually an elbow.

However, Smakici is adamant this is not the case.

“I am 100 per cent sure it was my first,” he insisted.

“Also after the cut he didn’t say, ‘Hey that was an elbow,’ or something like that.

“There’s a difference between an elbow and gloves with a fist – you would feel the elbow, it’s like a hammer.

“Maybe it slipped because he was pulling my head forwards.

“Maybe it slipped to the elbow, but it wasn’t on purpose.”

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