Tyson Fury’s dream quest to knock out world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has been postponed after the Ukrainian suffered an injury in training.
The Briton was due to take on the WBA, WBO and IBF champion in Dusseldorf on October 24. But the fight will now need to be re-arranged after Klitschko damaged a tendon in his calf during his preparations.
Klitschko’s withdrawal will come as a bitter blow to Fury, who missed out on two potentially lucrative showdowns with David Haye in 2013.
Haye sustained a serious cut in sparring just a week away from their scheduled first bout in September, and withdrew again two months later with a shoulder injury.
In addition, Fury’s scheduled meeting with domestic rival Dereck Chisora also had to be postponed in 2014 when the Londoner sustained a fractured hand.
Fury who has been vocal about the fight, immediately took to Twitter to express his disappointment, writing: “Well it’s official @Klitschko has pull out of the fight with an injury in his leg, it’s a bit funny as I predicted this would happen!!!”
Klitschko, who has not lost in 11 years, told German newspaper Bild on Friday he was “incredibly sorry” for the delay, but insisted the fight would be re-arranged.
His manager Bernd Boente addd: “Next week we will make it known when the fight will be restaged.
“We will definitely remain in Diusseldorf. The tickets which have already been sold will remain valid.”