Fury misses Klitschko presser: Traffic, car broke down, battery died

Tyson Fury failed to appear for the press conference announcement of his re-confirmed heavyweight battle with Wladimir Klitschko on Monday.

The current unified champion, who has been dogged by controversy since claiming the belts, cited a trio of problems through his promoter Mick Hennessy and BoxNation head Frank Warren for the no-show.

At the presser, which opponent Klitschko attended, Warren and Hennessy were forced to explain to the packed media room that Fury would not be arriving for press duties.

“Tyson’s not here,” said Warren. “His car broke down on the way down, we’ve just found out, so he’s stuck somewhere on the M6. That is a problem for us and we apologize to everybody, to K2 and Wladimir.”

On the fight being rubberstamped despite reports of a failed drug test by Fury in 2015, Warren added: “Mr Flint, who is the head of the tribunal, has ruled that the fight will go ahead and the hearing will take place afterwards, so there is no danger of that stopping the fight happening.

“There is no way this fight does not happen unless, God forbid, one of them gets an injury.”

Hennessy then stated: “Apologies once again for Tyson not attending. We only spoke to him once and his battery’s gone.

“He’s had problems with traffic, and also the car he was in broke down, so all we can do is get on with it.

“This is the very first press conference Tyson has ever missed, he is normally very early at press conferences and he is normally very entertaining at press conferences. So this is not the norm and we are not making it up.”

The fight was originally slated to take place in July, although Fury pulled out with an ankle injury leading to the rescheduling for October 29 in Manchester.