It seems that the rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko is not meant to be. After Fury upset Klitschko for most of boxing’s heavyweight titles last November, a second fight seemed inevitable. It was eventually set for July 9th, but Fury pulled out with what he said was a sprained ankle. It just so happened that he was charged under the UK’s anti-doping code on the same day.
The bout was still possible though, and was eventually re-scheduled for October 23rd. Unfortunately, a vague press release came out yesterday regarding Fury’s removal from the fight:
“Tyson has, this week, been declared medically unfit to fight. Medical specialists have advised that the condition is too severe to allow him to participate in the rematch and that he will require treatment before going back into the ring. Tyson will now immediately undergo the treatment he needs to make a full recovery.”
According to the Manchester Evening News, he was deemed medically unfit due to “mental health issues”:
“The M.E.N.’s sister paper The Mirror has reported that while no specific condition has been confirmed, it is understood Fury has suffered a recurrence of mental health problems. Fury, 28, has spoken before about his battle with depression, admitting he has had suicidal thoughts, and it is believed he has checked into a clinic for treatment. It is reported that Fury’s team sent Klitschko’s camp a letter from his doctor stating that he had mental health issues and that he could not say when the ‘Gypsy King’ may be fit again to fight.”
Complicating matters even more is that Fury is slated to stand before the UKAD on November 4th due to the positive nandrolone test. He may be forced to forfeit his belts due to the lack of defenses, or the drug charge. In other words, Tyson Fury has a lot on his plate right now.