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Tyson Fury pulls out of July 9 rematch with Wladimir Klitschko with injury

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Photo by: Lars Baron /Bongarts

Photo by: Lars Baron /Bongarts

Tyson Fury has pulled out of his July 9 rematch with Wladimir Klitschko in Manchester, England, on HBO, citing a sprained ankle, Fury announced on his Instagram account on Friday morning.

Fury, the RING/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion, said he hurt his ankle “around 10 days ago” while he was doing roadwork in North West England and that an MRI and X-ray revealed a sprain. He’s been told to keep off the ankle for 6-7 weeks and he vowed the rematch will still happen at a later date.

His uncle and trainer, Peter Fury, posted a picture of Tyson nursing an ankle that looks to be damaged and said the fight will remain at Manchester Arena with an announcement possibly coming later today on a new date.

Klitschko provided a measured reaction on Twitter, writing, “Fury is injured and rematch postponed. This just means I’ll get my belt a few weeks later.” Fury revealed the news while sitting in the front seat of a parked car that appeared to be running. Talking directly to the camera, the usually excitable heavyweight looked downcast and stone-faced.

“Hey guys, I got a little bit of bad news for you all,” Fury said. “About 10 days ago, I was running up in the Lake District and I went over my ankle, sprained me ankle. I went to the hospital and had X-rays and MRI scans and all that stuff. They said it wasn’t broken but it’s badly sprained, keep off it for 6-7 weeks. I had a second opinion a week later and got the same advice, so the fight will be postponed. Sorry to all me fans to let you down. But injuries do happen. It’s one of them things. My apologies to everybody who booked dates. But the fight is still going ahead. As soon as the ankle is better, we will reschedule. Thank you all and God bless.”

Fury stunned observers when he ended Klitschko’s 11-year unbeaten streak and nearly decade-long reign as heavyweight champion on Nov. 28 in Germany, winning a unanimous decision. The first match wasn’t exactly filled with fireworks, but Klitschko’s performance was so uninspired that a rematch was anticipated to see if Klitschko could bounce back to prove if the first result was a fluke.

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