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Monday, 11 April 2016

Klitschko v Fury rematch: Venue and date under consideration revealed

Heavyweight rivals are in negotiations over a rematch in the UK or Germany

Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury
Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko are considering the Manchester Arena on June 4 for their much-anticipated rematch.
Klitschko has already confirmed that he will activate the rematch clause that was inserted in the contract for their first fight in November.
Fury won by unanimous decision in Dusseldorf to be crowned WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion.
But he has since had to vacate the IBF belt to fulfil his commitment to Klitschko.
Negotiations are still taking place - with venues in the UK and Germany under consideration.
But the Arena has emerged as one of the front-runners to stage the fight.
It would be remarkable if Fury’s camp lured Klitschko away from Germany, with the Ukrainian fighting the large majority of his 68 professional bouts in his adopted homeland.
Tyson and Paris Fury
Money will be a determining factor - with Fury himself willing to fight in Germany again if it makes financial sense.
Fury’s camp had initially talked up the possibility of fighting at Wembley or Old Trafford - but it is unlikely there would be sufficient demand to sell out either of those stadiums.
A 20,000 sell-out of the Arena is far more doable - particularly in front of Fury’s home-town fans.
The biggest threat to the fight being staged on these shores is the potential to fill a bigger venue in Germany, where Klitschko remains one of the most popular sporting figures in the country.


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