Fury v Klitschko OFF AGAIN

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Tyson Fury’s WBA and WBO heavyweight title defence against Wladimir Klitschko has been postponed for a second time.

Fury won the heavyweight crown last November in Duesseldorf with a shock victory at the ESPRIT Arena, but has yet to defend the belts – and the wait is set to go on longer.

The former Irish champion was due to face Klitschko in a rematch on July 9th at the Manchester Arena, but the bout was postponed due to a severely sprained angle suffered by Fury.

The fight was refixed for October 29th at the same venue but has been again postponed due to an unspecified injury to Fury.

Now the bout has seen a second postponement and, with the card apparently shelved, it means that heavyweight team-mates Hughie Fury and Con Sheehan, as well as Irish welterweight champion Peter McDonagh will also miss out on fight dates.

The prolonged gap from Fury’s initial victory in Germany also raised the possibility that he will be stripped of his belts or downgraded to ‘Champion in Recess’ or some such title.

ESPN Boxing journalist Dan Rafael broke the news this afternoon which was later confirmed by numerous major outlets.

Team Fury are yet to comment.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie