World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury has postponed his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko for a second time, and has now been issued a 10-day ultimatum by the World Boxing Organisation to clarify his medical status.
The news broke last week when Fury's promotion company Hennessey Sports released an official statement confirming that, once again, the fight would be postponed due to the champ not being declared medically fit to compete.
The fight - which was initially scheduled to take place at the Manchester Arena on July 9 - was cancelled due to Fury sustaining an ankle injury during his training camp. The champ posted pictures of the injury to social media following the official cancellation, but was adamant a rematch would be organised.
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The pictures of the original ankle injury were enough to convince some boxing fans that the injury was genuine, but hordes of others took to social media to display their views that the injury was fake, stating the bruising had been created with make-up, and that the whole thing was a stunt by Fury's camp to jeopardise the contest.
No surprises that the same has been said once again, with Fury pulling out this time due to 'mental reasons'.
The bout was then rescheduled to take place at the same venue on October 29.
In the statement released by Hennessey Sports, confirming the second cancellation, the specific reasoning was not stated, but in an interview with Peter Fury [Tyson's trainer and Father], it was said that Fury's reasons for being declared medically unfit to compete were due to problems with his mental health.
He went on to explain that his son had lost interest in the sport due to the constant demonisation of him by the press and fans of the sport.
The cancellation comes in the wake of a recent media report released by the Mirror, claiming that Fury had been using the band substance 'Nandrolone' in his title winning bout with Klitschko. It is a claim that the fury camp categorically deny.
Since winning the belts and becoming Unified World Champion in his weight class, the infamous, yet controversial, sports personality has not received the plaudits from the public that he may well deserve for his efforts.
Many boxing fans have taken to social media to ridicule the fighter, hurling torrents of abuse at him for his out-of-the-ring antics.
For example, at one of the press conferences in the run up to the first fight between Fury and Klitschko, Fury came in dressed as Batman, and proceeded to apprehend a 'criminal' - all prearranged of course - and on the night of the fight following his victory over Klitschko, he took to the microphone and sang his own version of an Aerosmith song to his wife.
Eddie Hearn is said to believe that Fury will be stripped of his belts, and there is already talks of a possible bout between British heavyweight Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko for the Unified Championship.
A letter was sent to Fury by the WBO asking him to clarify his medical situation within a ten day period.
The letter said: "We would appreciate that the physician specifically clarifies the nature and extent of your condition and your prognosis for return to training and your return to competition.
"If the Championship Committee does not receive the complete requested information, i.e. the Interim Certification, together with the Psychological and/or Mental Evaluation, within the allotted time frame of 10 days, the Committee will proceed with the necessary appropriate action without the benefit of an appeal."
WBA president Gilberto Mendoza is also said to be looking into the matter, and he told Sky Sports News: "I heard the news, I have not received anything official from Tyson Fury's camp.
"Let's see what happens. I think we're going to enquire with Tyson Fury to see what has happened."
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