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Boxing : Tyson Fury vs Wladimir Klitschko Rematch Postponed

Boxing : Tyson Fury vs Wladimir Klitschko Rematch Postponed

The highly-anticipated rematch between new heavyweight champion, Fury and former longtime champion, Klitschko has been delayed due to an injury to Fury. The two were initially set to clash earlier this July in the Manchester Arena in the UK when Fury aggravated an ankle injury and was prevented by physicians from fighting. The bout had already sold over 14,000 tickets. The ever-boisterous Fury took to his Instagram account to apologize and remind all the fans he’ll come back better and stronger than ever.

Tyson Fury Suffers Ankle Injury

“Ten days ago, while running in the Lake District, I went over on my ankle and sprained it,” Fury explained. “I’ve been to the hospital, had X-rays, scans and all that stuff. They said it’s not broken but it’s badly sprained and I should keep off it for six to seven weeks."

Earlier reports first gave October 29 as the new date for the fight but more recent ones denied these and state there is no official date yet. Klitschko confirmed he also did not know when the rematch will take place. Usually, ankle sprains can take between one to six weeks to recover and judging by Fury’s ankle’s photos, the injury looks more on the serious side.

“There is no way Tyson will fight Wladimir Klitschko less than 100 percent,” said promoter Mick Hennessy about Fury’s injury. “It’s very unfortunate at this crucial stage of Tyson’s preparations. It’s essential now that he gets the correct medical professional treatment for the injury and then we can then look to announce the new date.

The brash Fury upset Klitschko back in November of last year. It was a fantastic showing from the British pugilist who confounded the Ukrainian and outboxed him to the tune of a unanimous decision from the judges. Klitschko had not lost in over a decade but appeared uncharacteristically gun shy and his powerful right hook was all but missing in the fight. It was the lowest point in his career but he will look to prove his loss was just an aberration and he’s still the pound-for-pound best heavyweight boxer on the planet.

Fury meanwhile has been linked with other names such as Alexander Povetkin, Deontay Wilder and David Haye. With Klitschko out of the picture, the division is suddenly wide open and challengers are showing up left and right. For Fury however, the immediate rematch with Klitschko will still prove to be the most lucrative option and the man once considered to be the greatest heavyweight of his era deserves the chance to avenge his unforeseen loss.

Tyson Fury vs Wladimir Klitschko 2 Face To Face

Current boxing betting lines have Fury and Klitschko at pick’em odds. The even lines indicate the reluctance of bookmakers to predict which Klitschko shows up. If he is able to resurrect his formerly dominant championship form he may edge out Fury but it may be another repeat of their previous fight and this should benefit the younger Fury. Klitschko is 40-years-old and his best years may be behind him. As Fury said, the young replaces the old and having a 13-year youth advantage will be beneficial as he approaches the best years of his young career.

Category : MLB

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