Wladimir Klitschko has accused rival Tyson Fury of 'dragging boxing through the mud' following recent revelations of the Brit's drug and alcohol abuses.
The 28-year-old pulled out of his scheduled rematch with the Ukrainian boxer in September citing an unspecified medical condition, before rumours started circulating that suggested he's suffering from severe depression.
The British boxer then revealed earlier this week that he has taken cocaine multiple times, but defended his decision as he claimed the drug didn't impact his performance in the ring.
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However, Klitschko, who lost his heavyweight titles to Fury in 2015, has hit back against the 'Gypsy King', telling the newspaper Bild: "Fury is dragging boxing through the mud."
The Ukrainian’s manager Bernd Boente also added: “This just shows how unfair Fury is.
“He stalls with Wladimir. He blocks the world title.”
Following his cocaine shame, the WBO and WBA title holder could lose his boxing licence when the British Boxing Board of Control meet next week to discuss sanctions. Should this happen, he will be stripped of his world title belts.
Fury also suggested this week that he is in no condition to get back into the ring, and openly admitted to being overweight in a tell-all interview with Rolling Stone magazine: "I'm as fat as pig. I'm 285 pounds, 290 pounds. It is what it is. I've been out."
The Heavyweight Champion has not fought since winning the title belts from Klitschko in September last year, when he shocked the boxing world with a unanimous points decision after 12 rounds.
Fans of the 'Gypsy King' will be hoping to see the boxer recover and eventually get back into the ring.
However, his road to recovery will likely be very long, so sadly, we shouldn't expect to see him fighting again anytime soon.
Although Fury's absence will effect boxing, it does represent a great opportunity for the world to see Anthony Joshua fight Klitschko, in a must-see fight.