World heavyweight contender Hughie Fury announced on Monday that he has been forced to pull out of his upcoming clash with Michael Hunter due to being diagnosed with long COVID.

In a statement posted to social media, Fury said, “I am a professional boxer who needs to fight in order to pay my bills and live. But I have been out for over a year now and, to my frustration, have been advised by doctors to take total rest at the moment because I’m suffering with symptoms of long COVID.

“I feel weak with no strength. I’ve had all sorts of checks and they’ve diagnosed me as having long covid symptoms. It is frustrating but there is nothing I can do if my body’s not allowing me to train. I’m going to take time out for the rest of this year and pickup again next year when I’ve rested properly.

“I have had 29 bouts, I’m ready for big fights and my promoter has guaranteed me a big fight when I return. If that’s Michael Hunter next, that’s fine. If it’s someone else, that’s fine as well. I think everyone knows I will fight everyone as I have done over the years.”

Hughie’s father and trainer Peter Fury also released a statement, saying, “Health is more important than money or trying to keep everyone happy. Hughie will fight as soon as possible next year and the team he has behind him guarantees him a big fight next year.”

The pair were set to face-off in Birmingham on October 29th in a heavyweight eliminator in pursuit of world honours in the sport’s premier division. Fingers-crossed Fury makes a speedy recovery and that the pair can fight at some point in the near future.

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