Ever since Tyson Fury shocked the boxing world by dismantling the efficient Vladimir Klitschko, there have been calls for a rematch.
The highly anticipated rematch was scheduled to go ahead on July 9 earlier this year, but Fury was forced to pull out due to an ankle injury picked up in training.
The heavyweight clash was rearranged for October 29 but news has emerged tonight that Fury has pulled out again on medical grounds.
In a statement, Fury’s promoter, Mick Hennessy, said:
It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that the world heavyweight championship rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko will not be going ahead. 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. We and Tyson wish to express our sincerest apologies to all those concerned with the event and all the boxing fans who had been looking forward to the rematch. Tyson is understandably devastated by the development.
We will be making a further statement in due course. Until then, we ask that Tyson and his family be given the privacy and the space he needs to recover during this difficult time.
ESPN reports that Fury was this time forced to withdraw from the fight due to mental health issues and that the champion would be unavailable for the “foreseeable future”, which was reportedly disclosed in a letter from a doctor.
Boxing fans were understandably gutted by the cancellation of the fight, but the reaction of many showed why we still need to talk about mental health in men – because people are not taking it seriously enough and are not accepting enough of those suffering.
This is just further proof that mental health issues are not being taken as seriously as physical ailments, but they should be. If not, we’re never going to beat it and suicide will continue to be the biggest killer of young men.
Here are just a few of the reactions…
Tyson Fury complete and utter fraud . His was completely mental a year ago . What's changed ??? Strip him off the belts
— Paul John Bryant (@spudbryant) September 23, 2016
Tyson Fury has pulled out again, I wonder how the man has three kids
— Jordan Butler (@JordanButler16) September 23, 2016
Tyson Fury – joke of a man ✊??
— H A Z Z A (@djhazzab) September 23, 2016
You call yourself Irish but you are the biggest bitch going.. When ar u going to defend the title and be a man..Your all talk @Tyson_Fury
— paddy whelan (@paddywhelan90) September 23, 2016
Should Fury be stripped of his title if he’s suffering from mental health problems? Maybe, but what kind of message does it send if we criticise him for being ill?
And if Wladimir Klitschko is a decent man he’ll say exactly the same, even if he’s bitterly disappointed at not getting his chance of revenge.
The only thing that’s important now is not whether Fury should be stripped of his belt, it’s not whether the fight will ever go ahead and it’s not whether or not he’s a worthy champion.
The important thing is that we give him our support in his recovery.
Get well soon Tyson Fury.