Tyson Fury takes on Wladimir Klitschko at the Manchester Evening News Arena on October 29 in their rescheduled rematch, but ahead of their match, the challenger has failed to show at the press conference.
ESPN broke the news about Fury having car trouble ahead of the press conference, so a member of Fury's camp had to do the talking for him, whilst Klitschko sat at the other end.
This is the first press conference that Fury has missed in his lengthy boxing career and it has been stated that is was an unpreventable problem.
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The match has finally been announced for October 29 after it had to be postponed from its original date back in July. The postponement was announced after Fury suffered an ankle injury in training, and he is still not considered to be 100 percent fit with less than seven weeks remaining before the fight.
It is unclear if this was the underlying reason for his failure to appear at the press conference, but ESPN did tweet the following:
"Tyson Fury has failed to show up for his press conference with Wladimir Klitschko.
Apparently, his car has broken down on the M6..."
The press conference then still went ahead with Klitschko stating that he was ready for the fight, even though this one is in the UK, and not in his home country of Germany, like their last fight was.
The previous fight between both Fury and Klitschko was also postponed but this was due to a calf injury to the Champion back in July last year.
The match did take place finally in November 2015 with Fury winning the match by unanimous points decision. This meant that he took the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Championships but he was later stripped the IBF title for breaching the fight contract.
- Fury held the titles for just 10 days before the rematch between himself and Klitschko was announced, and the Ukrainian noted in the press conference that this was the last fight he had.