WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO dubbed Tyson Fury the ‘Invisible Man’ after he failed to turn up for a head to head press conference yesterday.
Klitschko flew into Heathrow from Hamburg with his team, expecting Fury to drive down from Manchester and face him up at the Landmark Hotel.
Instead former heavyweight king Klitschko was left on his own to publicise the eagerly awaited return with WBA and WBO title holder Fury on October 29 in Manchester.
Fury sent a series of messages first saying he was stuck in traffic on the M6, then that he’d broken down completely and after speaking briefly to his promoter Mick Hennessy, his mobile phone battery ran out so he couldn’t speak to anyone.
Klitschko said: “First of all we had the Singing Man when Fury gave us a nice song in the ring.
“Then we had Fury dressed as Batman before our first fight and now we have the Invisible Man.
“Where is he? Perhaps he is here but we can’t see him.
“This is a bit deja vu as David Haye didn’t turn up for one of our press conferences so I’m not bothered at all by this.
“It won’t make me lose my focus to regain the title, it won’t affect my training and it won’t affect the outcome of our fight.
Fury’s promoter Hennessy insisted: “This is the first press conference Tyson has ever missed. This is not the norm for Tyson, we are not making it up.”
The rematch following Fury’s controversial win in Dusseldorf against Klitschko last November has been plagued by problems in the build-up.
They should have fought each other back in July but two weeks before the clash Fury badly injured his ankle while out running to force a postponement.
Then sensational claims were made that Fury had taken banned substances and he faces a drug hearing by the authorities after fighting Klitschko.
Fury and Klitschko have agreed to be randomly tested for banned substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
And Peter Fury, Tyson’s trainer said: “There has been chaos around this fight especially with the drug agency making statements which they should not have done.
“Tyson is upset at the way he has been treated by the British public but I have told him just to accept it because he knows what the truth is.”
Klitschko, 40, insists he has not been affected by the row outside the ropes, adding “I’m am not concerned by all that stuff, I know the kind of people we are dealing with.
“I have unfinished business with Fury, I am not comfortable with the thought of being a challenger.
“I hope the best Fury possible turns up in Manchester because I want to beat the best. There are no excuses.
“I do believe my fight against Fury will happen. There is too much at stake for him for it not to.”