Tuesday 20 February 2018

Tyson Fury aims to take on Wladimir Klitschko in rematch at the Aviva Stadium in June

Could Tyson Fury defend his world titles at the Aviva Stadium this summer?
Could Tyson Fury defend his world titles at the Aviva Stadium this summer?

Eamon Carr

Tyson Fury hopes to defend his world heavyweight titles in Dublin on June 4.

Contractually obliged to offer former champion Wladimir Klitschko a rematch, Fury has lined up the Aviva Stadium as the venue for what would be the biggest boxing promotion ever in Ireland.

Agents for both boxers are currently locked in negotiations but, having reigned supreme for almost a decade, Klitschko is concerned about relinquishing control over the staging of the bout.

Tripartite talks are ongoing between Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy, Klitschko’s management group and established event organisers MCD, whose experience and expertise has impressed both parties.

Fury (27) has claimed that he’s struggling to remain motivated and says he could retire and walk away from the sport. “I’ve accomplished a dream,” he told the BBC. “I never want sport to become about money.”

The possibility of defending his belts on Irish soil is what appeals to him most. Following his victory in Dusseldorf in November, Fury, who says his father is from Galway and his maternal grandmother from Antrim, said he’d love to defend his title in either Old Trafford and Croke Park.

While Wembley and venues in Germany and Abu Dhabi have been suggested, the Avivia Stadium, the spiritual home of Irish rugby, has captivated the WBO and WBA champion.

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