After a slight delay in plans, the heavyweight rematch is back on. The WBA, WBO, IBO heavyweight king Tyson Fury will put the belts he took from long-reigning champ Wladimir Klitschko back on the line on Oct. 29 in the mandatory rematch in Manchester, England, according to ESPN.
“I’m delighted that we can finally get the fight back on and in Manchester on Oct. 29th,” Peter Fury, Tyson’s uncle and trainer, said. “After hard discussions, we can now focus on giving the fans what they deserve — another barnburner of a fight. Team Fury will ensure Tyson is in the shape of his life to successfully retain his world titles.”
The rematch was originally scheduled for July, but Fury was forced to pull out with a severe ankle sprain. Now, it’s back on and set to take place in Fury’s backyard.
“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,” said Mick Hennessy, Fury’s promoter. “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.”
Fury shocked much of the boxing community with his unanimous decision win over Klitschko last year, ending a historic run for the champion.
The match will be broadcast on BoxNation in the United Kingdom and is expected to be picked up by HBO in the United States, according to ESPN.
Source: CBS Sports / Tyson Fury, Wladimir Klitschko agree to heavyweight title rematch in October