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Tyson Fury injured, fight with Klitschko postponed!


By Scott Gilfoid: Well, I knew it was too good to be true. After weeks of squawking about how he was going to beat 40-year-old Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) a second time in their rematch, IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) is saying he’s injured his ankle and will need to postpone their July 9 fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.

Fury, 27, says the fight will still take place, but he’ll need between six to seven weeks for his injured ankle to heal before he can get back in the ring. It’s unclear whether Fury will need six or seven weeks before he can start training again or if that’s the amount of time he’ll need before he can fight Wladimir.

Having suffered a number of sprained ankles during my life during my athletic endeavors, I would guess that Fury will need six to seven weeks BEFORE he can start training again. As such, we could be looking at the Fury-Klitschko fight not taking place until November or December of this year depending on how well Fury’s angle heals.

With an injury like that, it could take a while before Fury can get back into the ring. I mean, we are talking about a big 6’9” fighter that has packed on a lot of blubber on his frame. When you have a foundation that was meant to carry a certain amount of weight, it puts a lot of stress on it when it has to carry around an extra 40 to 60 pounds of fat. I’m just saying.
Here’s the statement from Fury from his social media site:

“Hey guys, I got a little bit of bad news for you all. About 10 days ago, I was running and I sprained my ankle. I’ve been to the hospital and had X-rays and MRI scans and all that stuff. They said it’s not broken but badly sprained, keep off it for six or seven weeks. I still tried to train a bit. On a second opinion a week later, I had the same advice. So the fight will be postponed. Sorry to all my fans to let you all down, but injuries do happen. It’s one of those things. My apologies to anyone that booked the date. The fight will be on as soon as possible. That’s all I know at the moment, but the fights still going ahead. As soon as my ankle gets better, we will reschedule. Thank you all and God bless.”

With Fury saying he’s injured, there will obviously be a great deal of speculation from fans whether he called the fight off for another reason rather than an injury. It’s no secret that Fury came into training camp with a pot belly in being 60 pounds overweight. When you’ve got that kind of weight to burn off in just 7 to 8 weeks, it’s a major undertaking. You’ve got to burn that blubber off quickly at a rate of 7.5lbs per week for an eight week training camp, and still have the energy to fight after taking the weight off. If it were me, I would have asked for more time to take the weight off. I mean, Fury’s injury is obviously legit, but there will be boxing fans who think he’s faking it to burn off more flab. But back to what I was saying about needing more time to burn off weight. It it were me, I would have straight up told the Klitschko camp that I would need an additional three months to take off the weight I put on. I wouldn’t be crazy enough to try and take off 60 pounds of fat in just 7 to 8 weeks. That’s insane. It wouldn’t be fair to me or my loyal fans if I tried to shift that much weight in such short period of time. The bad news for Fury is that if he is off his feet for six to seven weeks with the ankle injury, he’s not going to be able to work on his cardio to take the weight off. Yeah, he can watch what he eats during that time, but he’s not going to be able to burn off weight by just dieting alone.

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