Big news, it looks like we have a date for the boxing rematch of the year.
Tyson Fury will face Wladimir Klitschko for the World Heavyweight Title in Bayern Munich’s 75,000-seater Allianz Arena on May 7.
Fury dethroned the authoritative Klitschko last November, but now the Ukranian wants it back – he has a mandatory rematch against the Mancunian champ.
As well as being slated for his homophobic remarks, Fury defied the IBF and as a result had to relinquish their strap after refusing to fight their mandatory challenger, Russian boxer Vyacheslav Glazkov.
As a result, Fury will face Klitschko for just the WBA and WBO titles. The contract also stipulates that any rematch should be staged where it would make financial sense. That would potentially include a homecoming bout for Fury, but those plans have so far been shelved.
Klitschko’s agents, K2 Promotions, want a football stadium to host the fight, leading to the 75,000-capacity Allianz Arena being touted, according to The Daily Star. Klitschko also wanted the fight in the country where he has fought for most of his career.
The ESPIRIT arena in Dusseldorf, which hosted the first clash between the pair last November, is already in use on the proposed date.
Meanwhile, Fury was in New York recently to confront American rival Deontay Wilder, telling him he’d be happy to fight him in his back garden. Wilder knocked out Artur Szpilka in New York before the 6ft 9ins Fury stormed the ring and demand a fight with the American.
The pair have previously traded insults on social media, but took to the ring to continue the tirade.
Fury grabbed the mic in the post-fight interview and shouted ‘There’s only one Tyson Fury. What have you got to say about that, Deontay?’
Wilder responded by calling Fury a joke, which should make any post-Klitschko fight highly entertaining.
Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran