Tommy Fury withdrew from his fight against Jake Paul on December 18, with former UFC champion Tyron Woodley replacing the Englishman.
Fury, 22, released a statement on Monday afternoon confirming his withdrawal and explaining that he suffered from a bacterial lung infection and a broken rib.
Given his need to withdraw from combat, one can only assume that Fury suffered a severe lung infection, which could mean he contracted pneumonia.
Unlike a viral infection like bronchitis, a bacterial infection like pneumonia requires full antibiotic treatment.
Pneumonia is swelling of tissue in one or both lungs and can develop as quickly as within 24 hours. Common symptoms include a cough with a rapid temperature or can even go as far as coughing up blood and joint and muscle pain.
It’s highly likely that Fury’s broken rib could have caused the infection, as mucus may have formed on his lungs and led to the infection.
If Fury didn’t take deep, clear breaths to clean his lungs every hour after suffering a broken rib, it just might have made matters worse.
Broken ribs can be very painful, but tend to heal on their own and take three to six weeks to fully heal because they cannot be fully attached or supported like other bones.
The former Love Island contestant will need to sleep upright in order to help with recovery and the antibiotics will treat a high temperature and treat any green or yellow mucus he may cough up.
Paul had little sympathy for the Briton, insisting that he had fought with a broken nose and while he was ill, stating instead that Fury was “afraid” of fighting in Florida.