A hand injury has derailed Dereck Chisora's bid for revenge against Tyson Fury after Chisora factured his hand.
Sky Sports News announced the news Monday:
According to David Anderson of the Daily Mirror, the 30-year-old heavyweight hurt the hand when sparring over the weekend, and an MRI subsequently revealed the fracture:
Chisora released a statement through his promoters, via Sky Sports:
I can't tell you how disappointed I am to have to pull out of the fight against Fury. But it is on the advice of my specialist that I have to do this. I'm sorry for the fans who will get to miss this great fight between me and Tyson but once my hand is healed and I'm given the all-clear to train and punch again, I'll be working on the new date for the fight.
He also took to Twitter to send a message to Fury:
The two boxers last met on July 23, 2011, with Fury earning a unanimous-decision victory. Their rematch was scheduled for almost three years to the day, July 26, 2014, but only five days before that bout, the fight must be scrapped and put off until a later date.
According to ESPN.com's Dan Rafael, the rest of the card remains unaffected:
While the news is certainly not good for Chisora, Fury has had some tough luck this year in terms of opponents. Chisora is the third opponent of Fury's to bow out of a fight because of injury:
With the fight postponed, the British heavyweight title will remain vacant. Fury and Chisora were set to determine who would be the rightful champion.