Injury postpones Wladimir Klitschko's next heavyweight title defense

Kevin Iole
Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko suffered a torn left biceps in training and had to postpone his planned Sept. 6 title defense against Kubrat Pulev. (Getty)

Wladimir Klitschko, the IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion, announced Monday he has to pull out of his planned Sept. 6 title defense against Kubrat Pulev because of a torn left biceps.

Klitschko will have to miss approximately four weeks of training.

“I am very disappointed the fight will not go ahead," Klitschko, 38, said. “So far I have been in top shape and had a great training camp. I am sorry for my fans as well as my opponent, Kubrat Pulev, who has surely prepared just as intensely.”

The fight will likely be rescheduled before the end of the year and will be held in Hamburg, Germany.