Dereck Chisora's highly-anticipated rematch against Tyson Fury this weekend is off, reports BBC Sport.
Chisora has had to pull out of the fight due to fracturing his hand while sparring in training this week.
There will be criticism towards Chisora speculating as to why he was still sparring so close to the fight. Normally boxers have finished sparring by now in order to prevent situations such as this arising.
Fury to fight new opponent?
It seems that Fury may still compete on the bill with a new opponent looking to be found. It is unlikely to be a top opponent though as Fury and his team have spent weeks preparing for Chisora's style and to have to suddenly change that and face a top opponent would be risky.
American heavyweight Tony Thompson - who is well known to British fight fans for his two wins over David Price - has thrown his name into the hat to box Fury this weekend on Twitter.
That would be a good test for Fury but whether he would take that risk this late on is unknown.
Fury is very likely to be completely disillusioned with the sport following the cancellation of this fight.
Fury has had two big fights with fellow Brit David Haye abandoned due to injury on Haye's side and now this pull out from Chisora. These incidents have stagnated Fury's progress and has also potentially made him miss out on a lot of money.
For an undefeated fighter looking to force his way to the top of the sport, these incidents must be extremely frustrating. These fights could have propelled him to title shots but instead he hasn't moved forward since fighting Steve Cunningham well over a year ago.
“I can’t tell you how disappointed I am to have to pull out of the fight against Fury, but it is on the advice of my specialist that I have to do this." Chisora said.
"I’m sorry for the fans who will get to miss this great fight between me and Tyson this Saturday, but once my hand is healed and I’m given the all-clear to train and punch again, I’ll be working on the new date for the fight.
"I was in fantastic shape and had a great training camp, probably the best so far in my career, and was looking forward to getting revenge on Fury, but that will have wait. I’m sorry to have to pull out on Fury, as I know that he had been training hard and it was going to be a great fight between two top athletes and I hope we can get it on again soon.”
Fury has reacted angrily on social media with a series of expletive tweets but that was to be expected. Fury is an extremely controversial figure but it is hard not to feel sorry for him at the moment.
There are talks about rearranging the fight but whether Fury would want to do that now is debatable. He may want to cut his ties with other British heavyweights who have let him down and instead move on.
A frustrating day for British boxing but even more so a frustrating day for Fury.
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