Tommy Fury has revealed he pulled out of his with fight Jake Paul due to suffering a clean break to the rib and a chest infection.
The former Love Island winner was set to take on YouTube and TikTok star Jake Paul on December 18 in a highly-anticipated boxing match but has since withdrawn due to injury.
Fury and Paul have gone back-and-forth on social media for months and the cancellation comes as a huge blow to both parties, who were expected to clash in a reported multi-million dollar fight in Florida.
And the 22-year-old has now taken to social media to post a video explaining that he had a chest infection while posting an X-ray picture of his broken rib.
Fury said: "Training camp couldn't have gone any better for me for the first week or two but then I contracted a bacterial chest infection which led me to go to the gym and not being able to breathe.
"My sparring sessions, pad work sessions, whatever it may be I wasn't able to breathe and I was coughing up huge amounts of phlegm all the time.
"It led me to sleepless nights and that went on for four weeks. I had the mind-set of, 'I’m going to train, I'm going to get through this, I'm going to fight no matter what'.
"Four weeks past 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, 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 for an MRI scan and got the results back the same day.
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"The results showed I had a clean break and I had multiple fractures. For the following week I still thought I could fight but then it took the doctor and my whole team to say you can’t fight.
"Even now it hasn't sunk in that I'm not fighting. My only focus is getting a new fight date set and recovering.
"I can't do anything else apart from get my body right as quickly as possible and look for a new fight date with Jake Paul.
"There is no other fight out there, that's the fight I want next and hopefully we can work out a new date for next year."
Paul has since refused to commit to rescheduling the bout, though the American has ruled the possibility of a re-match with ex-UFC fighter Tyron Woodley.
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