Fury v Klitschko 2 was initially announced for Manchester Arena over the summer, although legal issues threatened to derail the fight until all parties got together recently to work out a solution best for all parties.
Promoter Mick Hennessy, Klitschko’s handler Bernd Boente and BoxNation figurehead Frank Warren were clearly grateful an amicable agreement was forthcoming and that the build-up can finally begin in earnest.
Both boxers are unable to be split in the odds for the fight as Klitschko and Fury are 9/10 apiece with respected bookies at 888Sport.com.
Hennessy said: “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 percent confidence that he will retain his titles in front of his fans and make it another memorable night for British boxing to remember.”
KMG’s Bonte said: “Team Klitschko is very happy, that after Fury’s postponements, we finally have a new date. It is great that our event can stay in the Manchester Arena. This is one of the best venues worldwide and has already seen many great fights. We know that Wladimir will be in the best shape on October 29th and we are very confident that he will regain the Heavyweight Championships.”
Warren said: “I’m delighted that we can finally announce the rescheduled date for the REAL Heavyweight Championship of the World. Fury vs. Klitschko II is by far the biggest fight in Europe so far this year. The addition of the fight to the channel is another fantastic acquisition following on from the recent capture of the blockbuster showdowns between Khan vs. Canelo and Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz. This yet again shows our commitment to bringing the biggest and best fights to our BoxNation customers. The night promises to be one of the biggest events in the UK for years and I’m thrilled our channel will be there as Fury looks to cement his place as king of the heavyweight division.”
Despite Fury failing to show at the press conference this week, fears the contest may not go ahead at all were eased by all involved.