It is part of the game, and that much more, oftentimes, when you are 39 1/2.
Wladimir Klitschko tore a tendon in his left calf while training and thus, is forced to postpone his match against colorful hitter Tyson Fury.
Shame, in that interest was heating up ahead of the Oct. 24 scrap, after Fury drew chuckles and buzz by dressing like Batman at the Monday presser.
Pullouts have occured before, confounding ticket buyers; David Haye withdrew before he and Wlad were to tangle in 2009; a defense against Eddie Chambers was delayed because of a hand issue, in 2010; a torn ab muscle on Wlad put off a Dereck Chisora fight, in 2011; a kidney stone put off his 2011 “fight” with Jean-Marc Mormeck; he's been on a healthy streak since.
Fury took to Twitter for some chops-busting:
Well it's official @Klitschko has pull out of the fight with an injury in his leg, it's a bit funny as I predicted this would happen!!!
Don't feel sorry for me I'll b ok, I'm sorry for the fans again as they are the biggest losers hear. Flights & hotels travel, sorry guys.”
“I knew he couldn't fight,” he said, in a public statement.
Here is a release which went out from Team Klitschko:
Here is a release which went out from Team Klitschko and the Fury promoter, Hennessey:
Hamburg, September 25, 2015: (C/O K2 Promotions) Due to a tendon tear in the left calf of the IBF/IBO and “The Ring Magazine” World Heavyweight Champion and WBA/WBO Superchampion Wladimir Klitschko, his championship fight against Tyson Fury will be postponed.
After sustaining the injury in his training session yesterday, Wladimir Klitschko promptly left his training camp to seek medical treatment from Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, physician for the German national soccer team, who has diagnosed the injury.
“Especially after the exciting press conference last Wednesday, I was looking forward to this fight very much. I know that a lot of fans have already organized their trips to support me in Düsseldorf. I am so sorry that I am not able to fight on October 24. I also apologize to my opponent, who has spent many weeks preparing for this fight. I will do my very best to recover as fast as possible,” said Wladimir Klitschko.
Klitschko will continue to seek medical treatment from Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt and the new date for the fight against Tyson Fury will be announced next week. The ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf will still be the venue.
“The clinical and MRI-examination showed a partial musculotendinous tear of the left calf. The boxing fight planned for October 24 (World Championship in the heavyweight division) should be postponed for an indefinite period of time. Due to this injury we strictly recommend ceasing athletic activity in the next weeks,” said Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt.
“Unfortunately, these situations are always possible in individual sports. We all know about the importance of this event for everyone involved, as well as for all boxing fans. Therefore, we are trying everything possible to postpone this fight to a nearby date at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf,” said Bernd Bönte, CEO of Klitschko Management Group.