MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Dereck Chisora has withdrawn from his European heavyweight title fight against Tyson Fury after fracturing his hand during a sparring session.
The Londoner was set to meet Fury in Manchester to contest the European belt and the vacant British title on Saturday night but the fight will now be rescheduled with a new date to be announced shortly.
''I can't tell you how disappointed I am to have to pull out of the fight against Fury, but it is on the advice of my specialist that I have to do this,'' Chisora said Friday.
After a bad-tempered runup to the fight, Fury reacted unsympathetically to his opponent's withdrawal.
''Told you all what would happen find me a real man to fight the furious1,'' Chisora tweeted. ''If any1 feels like a fight I'm in Bolton town centre& I feel like a rumble.''
Saturday's bout was also set to be a final eliminator for the WBO world title, currently held by Wladimir Klitschko.
Chisora and Fury fought three years ago, with Fury winning on points.