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Date confirmed for Tyson Fury's world title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko

An initial fight between the two had been arranged for 9 July.

 In this 28 April, 2016 file photo, Britain's heavyweight world boxing champion Tyson Fury, right, and challenger Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine, joke around during a press conference in Cologne.
In this 28 April, 2016 file photo, Britain's heavyweight world boxing champion Tyson Fury, right, and challenger Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine, joke around during a press conference in Cologne.

IT’S BEEN CONFIRMED that Tyson Fury will defend his undisputed world heavyweight titles against Wladimir Klitschko on 29 October in Manchester Arena.

The undefeated Fury, who is the linear, WBA Super and WBO world heavyweight champion, makes the first defence of his titles since a shock victory over Klitschko last November, which was the Ukrainian boxer’s first defeat in 11 years.

An initial fight between the two had been arranged for 9 July, but an ankle injury suffered by Fury in the build up put paid to hopes of the bout going ahead.

The British boxer has also been the subject of controversy in recent months, after he was provisionally suspended in June over the presence of a banned substance, though the fighter denies any wrongdoing and the ban has been provisionally lifted pending a hearing.

Speaking after the announcement was made, Promoter Mick Hennessy said in a statement:

“Everyone involved has worked tirelessly to get the world heavyweight title rematch between Tyson and Wladimir back-on and I’m thrilled that it’s now officially confirmed.

“This is the rematch that the boxing world has been waiting to see and the anticipation is now at boiling point so expect a highly charged and explosive fight when the best two heavyweights in the world collide.

“As Tyson’s promoter I have 100% confidence that he will retain his titles in front of his fans and make it another memorable night for British boxing to remember.”

Peter Fury, Tyson’s uncle, had previously revealed on Twitter that the fight had been effectively agreed upon.

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