One of the most anticipated heavyweight title fights in recent memory will have to wait, after Wladimir Klitschko suffered a calf injury.
Klitschko was set to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against Great Britain’s undefeated challenger Tyson Fury on Oct. 24 at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany. Approximately 55,000 people were expected to be in attendance, ESPN reports.
Never one to bite his tongue on any matter, Fury took to social media to voice his thoughts.
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!!!😁😁😁👴🏼
— Gypsy King (@Tyson_Fury) September 25, 2015
“I know that a lot of fans have already organized their trips to support me in Dusseldorf,” Klitschko said on his Instagram account (h/t ESPN). “I am so sorry that I am not able to fight on Oct. 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.”
Unbeaten in his last 21 bouts, Klitschko was set to make his return to Germany after a rare visit to the United States. The Ukrainian big man defeated Bryant Jennings in a 12-round unanimous decision inside Madison Square Garden in New York City this April — his first bout on U.S. soil since 2008. He’s seven title defenses away from tying Joe Louis’ all-time record of 25 consecutive title defenses by a heavyweight.
There’s currently no timetable for when the postponed bout will take place.