Fury says he is injured, rematch vs Klitschko postponed

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LONDON — World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was forced on Friday to postpone his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko after hurting his left ankle while training for the fight.

Fury, who stunned the boxing world in November by ending Klitschko’s decade-long reign as heavyweight champion, said in a video posted on his Instagram account that he sprained the ankle on a run 10 days ago. Doctors told Fury he needs to keep off the ankle for six-to-seven weeks.

The rematch was scheduled for July 9 in Manchester.

Fury’s team posted pictures on Twitter of Fury’s heavily bruised left ankle.

“Sorry to all my fans, to let you all down,” Fury said in the video, “but injuries do happen.”

Fury didn’t give a new date for the fight.

“The fight is still going ahead,” he said. “As soon as the ankle is better, we will reschedule.”

Fury won a decision over Klitschko in Duesseldorf, Germany to take the Ukrainian’s WBO, WBA and IBF belts. Fury has since been stripped of the IBF title for failing to make a mandatory defense.

The two boxers haven’t fought since the original bout.

Fury said he tried to continue training after hurting his ankle and having an X-ray and an MRI scan. He had a second opinion, but another doctor gave the same advice.

“There was no way Tyson could go into the fight against Wladimir Klitschko less than 100 percent fit,” said Fury’s promoter, Mick Hennessy. “It’s essential now that Tyson gets the correct medical professional treatment for the injury and then we can then look to announce the new date.”

Klitschko’s management also confirmed the fight was off.

“Of course I am totally disappointed about the postponement,” Klitschko said. “… But one thing is clear: I’ll get my belt back a few weeks later.”

Klitschko’s manager, Bernd Boente, said the team was working “feverishly” to find a new date and that it’s “very likely” the fight will be rescheduled for Manchester again.

Tyson, 54, to return for exhibition match against Jones Jr.

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CARSON, Calif. — Mike Tyson is coming back to boxing at age 54.

The former heavyweight champion will meet four-division champion Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition match on Sept. 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history when he won the title in 1986 at age 20 and for a time was the most feared fighter in boxing. But his career became littered with distractions and he hasn’t boxed since 2005 after losing his second straight fight.

He has occasionally teased a return with workout videos and it’s finally scheduled to happen.

Jones, 51, won titles in the middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight before moving up to win the heavyweight title in 2003, becoming the first former middleweight champion to do so in 106 years.

The event will air on pay-per-view and the social media music platform Triller. Further matches on the card and musical entertainment will be announced in the coming weeks.

Boxer Errol Spence in ICU after Ferrari crash in Dallas

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DALLAS — Welterweight boxing champion Errol Spence crashed a speeding Ferrari in Dallas early Thursday and was badly injured but is expected to survive, police said.

The crash happened just before 3 a.m., when Spence’s Ferrari crossed a median into oncoming traffic and flipped over several times, police said.

Spence was taken to a hospital, where he was placed in the intensive care unit. Police said they’re still investigating the cause of the crash, but they noted that the Ferrari was speeding at the time.

Last month, the former U.S. Olympian added the WBC welterweight title to his IBF strap with a thrilling split-decision victory over Shawn Porter in Los Angeles.

With his rangy athleticism and virtuosic skill, Spence (26-0) has captured fans with a series of crisp victories in recent years. He won the IBF title in 2017 by stopping Kell Brook in England, and he defended it three times, culminating in a one-sided thrashing of undersized Mikey Garcia in March.

His bout with the veteran brawler Porter (30-3-1) was Spence’s biggest test yet, and he emerged victorious from a fight that featured several wild exchanges of punches and had the Staples Center crowd of 16,702 on its feet throughout the 12th round, roaring for both fighters when they embraced after the final bell.