The WBO and WBA world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has been forced to pull out of his world heavyweight title rematch again with Wladimir Klitschko because he is ‘medically unfit to fight.’
The fight had been scheduled for October 29 at Manchester Arena with Klitschko itching for revenge against Fury after the latter pulled off one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history. According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Klitschko’s camp received a letter from Fury’s doctor stating that he has mental health issues and he is unsure when the champion may be fit again to fight.
It was not specific what medical condition Fury has but it is understood that the champion has suffered a recurrence of his mental health problems. He has spoken before about his suicidal tendencies and depression and it is also believed that he has checked into a clinic for treatment.
A statement from Mick Hennessy, Fury’s promoter said: “Tyson has, this week, been declared medically unfit to fight. Medical specialists have advised that the condition is too severe to allow him to participate in the rematch and that he will require treatment before going back into the ring. Tyson will now immediately undergo the treatment he needs to make a full recovery.”
Although sympathetic to Fury’s condition, Klitschko is getting tired of his withdrawals as the fight was already rescheduled from the original date of July 9 because of an ankle injury. Fury also failed to make an appearance in a press conference in London earlier this month to promote their rematch.
Fury is in danger of being stripped of his belts as Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente called on the WBO and WBA to act, claiming that the former champion is ready to fight.
There are also growing concerns that the unbeaten Fury may not fight again and his UK Anti-Doping hearing is on November 4. Fury tested positive for the banned substance nandrolone last year and faces a ban if found guilty of his doping charge.
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