Wladimir Klitschko has apologised to his fans for pulling out of a fight with Tyson Fury.
"Dear fans. I'm sorry to inform you that I have to postpone my fight with Tyson Fury due to a minor injury.
I am working hard on the rescheduling of the fight. As soon as I know the new date, I will let you know."
On Twitter, Tyson Fury posted a message saying: "It's safe to say I'm hitting the drink right now. Gutted."
Tyson Fury said he feels for his supporters after his world heavyweight title challenge to Wladimir Klitschko was postponed due to the Ukrainian sustaining a calf injury in training.
Fury had been due to face Klitschko in Dusseldorf on October 24 but the bout will have to be re-scheduled following the announcement by Klitschko on Friday.
It is the latest misfortune to befall Fury after two bouts against David Haye were postponed in 2013, and a domestic meeting with Dereck Chisora was also delayed last year.
Klitschko's manager Bernd Boente told the German newspaper Bild:
"Next week we will make it known when the fight will be re-staged.
"We will definitely remain in Dusseldorf. The tickets which have already been sold will remain valid."
Manchester boxer Anthony Crolla has come face-to-face with his opponent Colombian Darleys Perez today, for the first time since their controversial draw two months ago.
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An exciting sporting crossover is helping to inspire the next generation of England's Lions and Lionesses.
Footballers from Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have joined forces in the boxing ring at Moss Side Fire Station to help coach future England supporters.
The Football Association's Together for England Roadshow saw a star-studded panel - featuring Manchester City's Kean Bryan and Toni Duggan, Liverpool's Fara Williams and Manchester United's James Wilson - climb into the boxing ring for a training session with local youngsters before sharing their experiences and knowledge of what it takes to reach the top of a sporting profession.
Highly-rated Liverpudlians Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding will put their unbeaten records on the line when they meet for the vacant British Super-middleweight Title on November 7.
Smith (17-0 with 12 knockouts) and Fielding (21-0, with 12 knockouts) are two of the biggest prospects in the division and will battle it out at the Echo Arena for the title vacated by Smith's brother Paul.
While neither fighter is firmly established at world level, Smith is rated at number two by the WBC and Fielding at six with the IBF.
The pair's careers have often been intertwined and whoever comes out on top is sure to be catapulted to the elite level.
Promoter Eddie Hearn said:
"This is one of the biggest domestic fights of the year and such a fascinating fight."
"Neither fighter would back down or out of this fight and now fight fans get an absolute cracker."
"It is 21-0 vs 17-0, both fighters are ranked highly across all world governing bodies (and) there is going to be some atmosphere at a packed Echo Arena on November 7."
Anthony Crolla has been granted a rematch with Darleys Perez for the WBA World Lightweight title following their controversial fight in Manchester on July 18.
Crolla produced a superb performance against the Colombian at the Manchester Arena and looked to have landed the belt after Perez had two points deducted for low blows in the latter rounds, only for the fight to be ruled a majority draw much to the dismay of the Manchester man and the packed home crowd.
‘Million Dollar’ now gets an immediate chance to land the crown and both Crolla and his promoter Eddie Hearn expressed their delight at the decision.
“When I heard the news I was honestly close to tears,” said Crolla. “Not getting that decision was hard to take but I was so grateful to even be part of such a great night and no one can ever take those memories away from me. Now I get another chance and I'm more determined than ever. The people of Manchester and the UK have been incredible and I can't wait to get back in there and face Perez again.”
“I cannot tell you how happy I am with this news,” said Hearn. “Anthony Crolla should be world champion. He hasn’t moaned, he hasn’t sulked and now he has his chance all over again. I would like to thank the WBA for making the right decision and the public for all their support of Anthony. I hope Manchester is ready for something special.
“We are already in negotiations with Perez’s team and we expect to announce the date of the rematch very soon.”
Manchester's Tyson Fury will challenge the undisputed king of the division Wladamir Klitschko when the pair fight in Germany in October.
The two giant men came face to face for the first time today and not surprisingly Fury had some choice words for the Ukrainian.
'Boring' and 'Old' is how he described him.
Chris Hall is in Dusseldorf where he's had a ring side seat for Tyson's trash talking.
Tyson Fury has fired the starting gun on his bout with world heavyweight champion Waldimir Klitschko by telling the Ukranian: "you have as much charisma as my underpants".
The pair meet face-to-face today for the first time in Germany, where they will fight later this year.
World Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has arrived at the venue for his press conference with Manchester's Tyson Fury.
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