Thursday 22 March 2018

Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko set for October rematch

Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury's rematch with Wladimir Klitschko will take place in Manchester on October 29, 11 months after their original bout in Germany.

Fury became the first boxer to defeat Klitschko in 11 years when he won his WBA, WBO and IBF belts by virtue of an unanimous decision in Dusseldorf on November 28.

The new champion agreed to fight the Ukrainian again, which meant he was stripped of the IBF title for failing to face its mandatory challenger, although an original date in July had to be scrapped after Fury picked up an ankle injury.

It has been a long road to get the two back into the ring again, with Klitschko recently revealing he intended to go to court over the negotiations of a rematch with the controversial Fury.

Shortly after Fury postponed the original date due to his ankle problem, the Sunday Mirror reported the 28-year-old had been the subject of a doping investigation last year - something the heavyweight strenuously denied in a statement.

In August UK Anti-Doping revealed Fury had been provisionally suspended in June over the presence of a prohibited substance, although the ban had been lifted pending an independent hearing.

Fury has been back in training since late August and alluded to the October 29 date that has now been confirmed in numerous social media posts.

Upon the announcement of the rematch with Fury, Klitschko wrote on Twitter on Wednesday: "Finally the rematch is fixed. I'll remedy my mistake on Oct. 29 at Manchester Arena. See you there! #NowMoreThanEver."

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