Wladimir Klitschko has suffered an injury in training camp and his heavyweight title bout with Tyson Fury, originally scheduled for October 24th in Dusseldorf, has been postponed.
According to boxingscene.com, the champion suffered a calf injury, during training in Austria. “The clinical and MRI-examination showed a partial musculotendinous tear in the left calf”, confirmed a Dr. Muller-Wohlfahrt.
A new date for the fight has not been scheduled at the time of writing, but Fury’s promotional team, Hennessy Sports, have suggested that an announcement will be made next week.
Klitschko vs. Fury is OFF – new date announced next week… http://t.co/HcHXFq1oh5
— Hennessy Sports (@HennessySports) September 25, 2015
In a statement released earlier, Bernd Bonte, of Klitschko’s management team, revealed that the plan was to reschedule for a “nearby date” with the venue remaining unchanged.
Klitschko expressed his disappointment that the fight would not go ahead as planned and he apologized to Fury, as well as to the fans.
He also recorded this message….
In an interview with Sky Sports, Fury claimed that he was expecting Klitschko’s withdrawal and also expressed his disappointment for the fans who had spent money to travel.
You have to feel for Fury, who has had to deal with a number of similar situations in recent years. His proposed fight with David Haye was postponed twice and eventually cancelled. While his second meeting with Dereck Chisora also had to be pushed back several months, after Chisora suffered an injury.
Perhaps, there was a degree of inevitability to this. After Klitschko witnessed Fury single handedly taking down the mighty Joker at a recent London press conference he was always likely to look for a way out.