BOXING: Fury, Klitschko Rematch Date Confirmed

The much expected re-match between Wladmir Klitschko has finally been rescheduled after much debate as to whether it will go on or not.It has finally been scheduled to take place on the 9th of July 2016.

Tyson Fury defeated Wladmir Klitschko
Tyson Fury defeated Wladmir Klitschko

Fury, who shocked Klitschko in an explosive bout in November last year defeated the big Ukranian 115-112, 115-112, 116-111 and talks of a re-match had widely been expected to happen.In truth it was a messy mauling fight, with too much clinching and not enough clean work. Many of the rounds were close. But the crisper, cleaner work was done by Fury, who deservedly took a unanimous decision.

Some had suspected that the 39-year-old Klitschko was slowing down. But few gave Fury a hope of so conclusively proving it. After all, Klitschko was unbeaten in 22 fights over 11 years and was making the 19th consecutive defence of the title. This was also his 28th world title fight, eclipsing Joe Louis’s old record of 27. Fury had only had 24 fights in his entire career.But, from the first seconds of the first round, Fury was in Klitschko’s head. Inviting him on while feinting and flicking out the jab. At one point Fury put his hands behind his back and smiled, and asked him provocatively, “Is that it?”

Klitschko activated his contractual right to a rematch after the shock defeat and, though negotiations have been lengthy, terms were finally agreed with the announcement made on Friday at 10am.With the fight to be held in Manchester, Old Trafford and its 76,000 capacity is a potential venue for Fury-Klitschko II.

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Fury made no secret about his desire to fight at the stadium of the club he supports previously.Speaking in December 2013, the Manchester United fan said: “If I could choose anywhere in the world to fight one day, it would definitely be Old Trafford. ‘I’ve always said that is my biggest dream. I’d like to fight Wladimir Klitschko here so hopefully we can sort it. I’d like to fight one of the Klitschkos so hopefully we can get them over to England. ‘Where better than Old Trafford to make that big fight happen?”.Other possibilities include Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium or the Manchester Arena.

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