The date for the much awaited World Boxing Heavyweight rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko has been set, according to the Ukrainian's trainer Bernd Boente. The rematch is scheduled for 29 October at the Manchester Arena. The fight was scheduled to take place on 9 July, but Fury cancelled it citing an ankle injury.
There have been doubts whether the fight would take place over allegations that Fury had failed a drugs test, with a tabloid claiming that traces of the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone were found in a sample collected from the fighter before he beat Klitschko to win his world title last year.
Fury's camp has strongly denied the accusations with Boente saying he is not clear about the controversy but has asked for a full investigation by the UK Anti-Doping Agency. What he is clear though is about the date of the rematch.
"Namely (Fury vs Klitschko 2) is on October 29 in Manchester Arena. The rest (drug investigation) is not in our hands," he said, as quoted by World Boxing News.
This is the second time that the rematch has been postponed. Klitschko had previously withdrawn from the fight in 2015 after he damaged a tendon in his calf during his preparation for the fight. The 40-year-old has been training vigorously ahead of the fight, warning Fury that he is motivated by revenge rather than winning the title.
The Gypsy King ended Klitschko's decade-long reign as world champion when he won the initial bout at Dusseldorf, Germany, by an unanimous points decision in 2015 to claim the World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Organisation (WBO), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) titles.
He was later stripped of the IBF title after agreeing to a re-match with Klitschko rather than facing the IBF mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov