Tyson Fury postpones rematch with Wladimir Klitschko

24/06/2016 17:08

WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has pulled out of his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko next month, due to a ankle injury.

Unbeaten Fury dethroned Klitschko, ending the Ukrainian's 11-year unbeaten streak, winning a unanimous decision in Germany last November.

And the British fighter was scheduled to defend his heavyweight belts against Klitschko on July 9 at the Manchester arena, but has now announced that the fight is postponed.

"Hey guys, I got a little bit of bad news for you all," said Fury. "About 10 days ago, I was running up in the Lake District and I went over my ankle. I went to the hospital and had X-rays and MRI scans and all that stuff. They said it wasn’t broken but it’s badly sprained, keep off it for 6-7 weeks. I had a second opinion a week later and got the same advice, so the fight will be postponed. Sorry to all my fans to let you down. But injuries do happen. It’s one of them things. My apologies to everybody who booked dates. But the fight is still going ahead. As soon as the ankle is better, we will reschedule."

Klitschko responded by saying: "Of course I am currently totally disappointed about the cancellation.
"As well for my fans I'm very sorry who were all very excited for this rematch. This just means I’ll get my belt a few weeks later."

Fury's uncle and trainer, Peter Fury confirmed that the fight will remain at the Manchester Arena and a new date will be announced soon.