Tommy Fury has spoken out after withdrawing from his fight with Jake Paul. Watch here:
The pair have been embroiled in a verbal feud for months and were due to settle their dispute in Tampa, Florida, on 18 December, but Fury has had to pull out because of a 'bacterial chest infection and broken rib’.
In a video shared on Instagram, Tommy said: "Training camp couldn't have gone any better for me for the first week two weeks, but then I contracted a bacterial chest infection which led me to go to the gym, and just not being able to breathe.
"I was in my sparring sessions, pad work sessions, whatever it may be, just not being able to breathe and coughing up huge amounts of phlegm all the time, led me to sleepless nights.
"And that went on for about four weeks, because I had the mindset of, 'I'm going to keep training, I'm going to get through this, I'm gonna have a fight no matter what.'"
He continued: "And four weeks passed and we decided to have a sparring session and I took a little clip to the body and because my body was so weak due to the virus inside of me, I instantly knew something wasn't right.
"I was throwing up from the pain, I was doubled over. I literally got my bag and went straight to the hospital, straight for an MRI scan. And I got the results back the same day and the results uncovered that I had a clean break."
Posting on Twitter earlier today (Monday 6 December), promoter Frank Warren shared a statement from the 22-year-old, which said he was ‘absolutely heartbroken’.
Warren admitted two weeks ago that Fury had been suffering from a cold during his preparations.
He told iFL TV: "Tommy had a little bit of a cold but hopefully he is going to be okay.
"We are up in Morecambe [on Wednesday] so hopefully we will know more then, but he is up for it and he wants to fight.
"He can't wait for the fight and I know certainly from Jake's perspective he can't wait for the fight."
Paul mocked Fury for his withdrawal on Instagram, writing that his opponent was ‘pulling out because of a “medical condition” called vaginitis’.
He added that he would now be fighting Tyron Woodley on 18 December instead.
Fury told LADbible back in September that he'd 'definitely' knock out YouTuber Paul.
He said: "It will definitely be a stoppage win for me.
"A lot of people were saying after my last fight that I should have stopped that guy, but - don't forget - that was a four-round fight.
"If that had been a six-round or an eight-round fight, that guy would have been out of there.
"If me and [Jake] Paul do fight, it's going to be an eight-rounder, or even a 10-rounder, whatever he wants to do.
"I know for a fact, he can't do the eight very well.
"He spent at least three of the rounds, possibly four of the rounds, walking around the ring not throwing a punch, Tyron Woodley the same.
"The two of them probably threw 500 punches in the entire fight. They weren't very active.
"I would be forceful in that fight, putting him on the back foot, purely and simply because he's not been doing it for long enough."