Tyson Fury is the current heavyweight champion of the world, and was scheduled to fight Wladimir Klitschko in his hometown of Manchester on July 9. That fight has now been postponed because of a badly sprained ankle that Fury recently had diagnosed.
Fury posted the announcement to his Instagram account.
Some of Fury’s remarks from that video:
“Hey guys, I got a little bit of bad news for you all: About 10 days ago, I was running and I went over my ankle, sprained my ankle. I’ve been to the hospital and had X-rays and MRI scans and all that stuff. They say it’s not broken but it’s badly sprained. Keep off it for 6-7 weeks. I tried to still train a bit. I had a second opinion a week later and I got the same advice. So the fight will be postponed.
“Sorry to all my fans to let you all down, but injuries do happen. It’s one of them things. My apologies to everybody. The fight will be on as soon as possible. That’s all I know at this moment. But the fight is still going ahead as soon as the ankle gets better. We will reschedule.”
According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Fury might be injured but otherwise isn’t in shape for the fight. He’s been seen partying hard, drinking in public and appears to be out of shape since winning the title.
When Klitschko was defeated by Fury, it ended the Ukrainian’s 11-year unbeaten run and also his nine-plus year title reign during which he successfully defended his title 18 times, the third-most ever. The 40-year-old has been training heavily in preparation for the fight on Fury’s home turf.
The fight will be rescheduled, likely for a date in October.