Tyson Fury is still fired up to fight Klitschko despite injury KO
Tyson Fury has vowed to fight Wladimir Klitschko "as soon as possible" after their world heavyweight re-match on July 9 was postponed, the British boxer suffering an ankle injury.
The 27-year-old was due to face Ukraine's Klitschko in Manchester, with the WBA, WBO and IBO belts on the line, but Fury yesterday pulled out on doctor's orders.
"About 10 days ago I was running in the Lake District and went over on my ankle, spraining my ankle," he said.
"I've been to the hospital and had X-rays, MRI scans and all that stuff. They've said it's not broken but it's badly sprained and to keep off it for six to seven weeks.
"I've had a second opinion and had the same advice so the fight will be postponed."
Fury upset the odds to become world champion in Dusseldorf last November, handing Klitschko his first defeat in 11 years by comfortably outpointing the veteran.
"Sorry to all my fans, to let you all down, but injuries do happen and it's one of those things," Fury added.
"My apologies to everyone who's booked dates, but the fight will be on as soon as possible. We will reschedule."
His uncle and trainer Peter Fury, who posted a photo of his nephew's bruised ankle on Twitter, said: "Fight will remain in Manchester with same venue."
Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua - a potential future opponent for Fury or Klitschko - starts as red hot favourite when he defends his IBF heavyweight title against American Dominic Breazeale at London's O2 Arena tonight.