BERLIN – Vladimir Klitschko has confirmed his heavyweight title
rematch with champion Tyson Fury will take place on October 29 in
Manchester, the Ukrainian said through his management on Wednesday.
The bout was initially scheduled for July but Fury had to pull out
with an ankle injury.
“Team Klitschko is very happy to have found a new date after Fury’s
cancellation,” the 40-year-old’s manager Bernd Boente said. “The
Manchester Arena is one of the best in the world.”
Fury, 28, stunned long-time champion Klitschko on points in
Dusseldorf last November to win the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.
He then lost the IBF title for failing to fight the body’s mandatory
challenger, Vyacheslav Glazkov, a title which subsequently went to
his fellow Briton Anthony Joshua with victory over Charles Martin in
“I’m delighted that we can finally get the fight back on. We can now
focus on giving the fans what they deserve,” Fury’s manager and uncle
Peter was quoted by the BBC.
Fury is also currently the subject of a doping controversy having
been charged by the UK Anti-Doping body UKAD in June. An initial ban
has been lifted on appeal and a National Anti-Doping Panel hearing is
to be held at a later date.