Tyson Fury's long-awaited rematch with boxing great Wladimir Klitschko was confirmed yesterday to take place at the Manchester Arena (formerly the MEN Arena) on Saturday 9th July, the same day Conor McGregor has his rematch with Nate Diaz in Las Vegas.
Fury (25-0), who has a deep heritage in Ireland, beat Klitschko (64-4) back in November via unanimous decision to win the the linear, WBA Super, IBF, IBO and Ring Magazine titles. It was the first time Klitschko had been defeated since 2004.
27-year-old Fury said (via Irish Boxing): “I’m thrilled to get this fight on July 9th at the Manchester Arena. I’m the best heavyweight in the world and the rest are impostors to my titles. I am coming for all of them once I’ve dealt with Klitschko a second time.”
He added: “The only man that could beat Klitschko is me. What I’ve got can’t be taught; you’ve either got it or you haven’t. How you beat robots is to do unorthodox things. I’m expecting a totally different fight, he’s going to have to come over here and fight this time. It’s going to be a slug-fest.”
40-year-old Klitschko is undefeated in rematches and has only fought in the UK once, a win over Monte Barrett back in 2000.