Tyson Fury Statement on Klitschko fight postponement
Moments ago, heavyweight contender Tyson Fury spoke to Sky Sports News in the U.K. to offer thoughts on the postponement of his heavyweight title clash with Wladimir Klitschko, which will now be rescheduled.
Fury said, “It was only Wednesday when we were face to face and I knew he was going to pull out. We were filming a ‘Behind the Gloves’ documentary for Sky Sports and Johnny Nelson is my witness to that. I told him that I would have to back off now because I saw the same thing in Klitschko that I saw in David Haye.”
Haye, a former cruiserweight and WBA heavyweight titleholder, was scheduled to face Fury, who is currently rated as the No. 3 heavyweight by THE RING, twice in 2013 but pulled out of both British pay-per-view dates due to injury.
Fury continued, “When Peter (Fury’s uncle and trainer) called this morning and said Klitschko had pulled out, I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ And he said no, he really has. Apparently he injured his leg on the way home on the plane, or whatever he’s done.
“It is what it is. I’m not really bothered about myself, because there’s talk of rescheduling the fight, but I feel for the fans. Every big fight I get involved in, my fans and supporters always lose out. It’s alright for us, we get our expenses back but what about the flights and hotels that are non-refundable?
“Times are hard. Some of my fans can’t afford to go to these events but they push to go because it’s a massive occasion and a once in a lifetime thing. I feel wounded for all these people and it happens too much in boxing. It’s the fans who suffer.”
The original date for this fight was Oct. 24 and fight tickets purchased will still be valid for the new date, which will be announced next week.
Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing