Tyson Fury's world heavyweight title bout with Wladimir Klitschko has been postponed after the Ukrainian pulled out with a calf injury.
Klitschko, who had been scheduled to face his mandatory challenger Fury on October 24 in Dusseldorf, tore a tendon in his right calf during a training session on Friday, with doctors recommending that he should cease training for the next few weeks.
The fight must now be rescheduled and a new date is expected to be announced next week. Klitschko, who holds the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO world heavyweight belts, spoke of his disappointment at the setback.
“Especially after the exciting press conference last Wednesday, I was looking forward to this fight very much,” Klitschko said.
“I know that a lot of fans have already organised their trips to support me in Düsseldorf. I am so sorry that I am not able to fight on 24 October. I also apologise to my opponent, who has spent many weeks preparing for this fight. I will do my very best to recover as fast as possible.”
Fury, known for his bombastic nature and braggadocio, entered Wednesday's aforementioned press conference wearing a Batman costume. The challenger then proceeded to play-fight with a person dressed as 'The Joker', before throwing the villain to the floor and warning Klitschko that the same punishment would be meted out to him when the two meet in the ring.
In addition to the champion's apology, Klitschko’s promoter, Bernd Boente, said: "Unfortunately these situations are always possible in individual sports. We all know about the importance of this event for everyone involved, as well as for all boxing fans.
"Therefore we are trying everything possible to postpone this fight to a nearby date at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf."
The Bolton-based Fury is no stranger to postponements and cancellations, having been twice frustrated by David Haye's failure to recover from injury before high-profile, high-purse events.
The 27-year-old, who has a lively social media presence, tweeted to let fans know his disappointment, saying: “Well it’s official @Klitschko has pull [sic] out of the fight with an injury in his leg, it’s a bit funny as I predicted this would happen!!!
“Don’t feel sorry for me I’ll b [sic] ok, I’m sorry for the fans again as they are the biggest losers hear [sic]. Flights & hotels travel, sorry guys.”
Fury's bravado and showmanship had whetted many fans appetites but it now seems as though they will have to wait for at least a couple of months before they see the two fighters together in the ring.
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