Tyson Fury's world heavyweight title showdown with Wladimir Klitschko is back on for Saturday 29 October at the Manchester Arena.
Fury, 27, ended Klitschko's 11-year reign of dominance in Dusseldorf last November to take his WBO, WBA and IBF world titles. A rematch clause was quickly activated by the Ukrainian, but the proposed bout has been dogged by controversies ever since which have threatened to call it off completely.
The latest setback saw Klitschko threaten the Manchester-born fighter with legal action for his attempts to negotiate the financial terms of the deal. Both camps have finally confirmed however to two will finally meet again later this year.
Peter Fury, uncle and trainer of Tyson Fury, said: "I'm delighted that we can finally get the fight back on and in Manchester on October 29th. 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."
Bernd Boent, Klitschko's manager 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 world-wide 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."
Neither Fury or Klitschko will have fought in an almost a year when they meet in Manchester in seven weeks' time. A proposed rematch in July was initially shelved after the Briton suffered an ankle injury. Following that, a Sunday newspaper alleged in June the 27-year-old tested positive banned anabolic steroid nandrolone, claims Fury and his promoter Mick Hennessy have vehemently denied.