Tyson Fury has pulled out of his scheduled rematch with Wladimir Klitschko due to reported medical issues, according to his uncle Peter Fury, but he will make a return to the ring next year.
Peter, who is also Fury's trainer, has said that the Lineal World Heavyweight Champion will not be in the ring until he's fully fit.
According to the Mirror, he told Bayloric TV Boxing: "I don't want to see him set foot in that ring until I see 100% Tyson Fury back mentally and physically - until that, the best place is at home."
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He also gave a rough timeline for Fury's return, and although it won't be anytime soon, he's confident the boxer will be healthy enough to eventually defend his titles.
"It certainly won't be this year, it will probably be early next year. He will be back."
Fury, nicknamed 'the furious one', has been unable to defend any of his belts this year and since beating Klitschko in November 2015, he has not been in the ring at all.
His lack of title defence has led to criticism from some inside the boxing industry, including Eddie Hearn, a promoter of the IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua.
He has suggested that Fury should be stripped of his titles, which didn't sit well with Team Fury.
In response to the comments, trainer Peter said: "Eddie is now a promoter, a doctor, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, all rolled into one, and now a Team Fury member as well because he knows Tyson so well.
"You have got to be all of those things rolled into one to make comments like that and for them to be remotely true."
Although it looks like Fury will be back in 2017 to defend his belts, Hearn's comments shouldn't go unnoticed. Without a fighting champion, the heavyweight division appears significantly weakened and those fighting to get to the top arguably have no titles to fight for.
For the good of the sport, Fury's return should be highly anticipated, but at the same time, it's important that he's not rushed back into the ring, so the decision to postpone a rematch with Klitschko may have been the right one.
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