World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has announced that his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko set for July 9 has been postponed because he sprained an ankle while out running.
In an Instagram video posted on his Twitter account on Friday (24 June), British fighter Fury said the accident happened “about 10 days ago” and he had been told to keep off the ankle for six or seven weeks.
Fury took Klitschko’s WBA, WBO and IBF belts with a unanimous points decision in Germany last November and the rematch in Manchester, northern England, was to be his first defence.
Boxing sources say the fight will be at the same venue, but in October.
Ukrainian Klitschko recently said that Fury should be banned from boxing for his “Hitler like” comments. Fury made homophobic, sexist and anti-Semitic comments in a video posted online in May and although he has since apologised, Klitschko told British media that the sport would be better off without the British fighter.
Last year, more than 100,000 people signed a petition to remove Fury from BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year, prompting another apology from the boxer.