The rematch between heavyweight stars Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko will reportedly take place in Germany on May 7, with Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena tipped as a potential venue.
That’s according to Chris McKenna of the Daily Star, who claimed Fury’s hopes of defending the belts he won from Klitschko on home soil look slim. In the piece, McKenna provided more details on the reasons why the fight will occur in Germany once again:
The contract also stipulated that the rematch must be staged where it makes most financial sense. Despite initial talk from Fury's camp that Wembley and Old Trafford were options, they have now agreed to travel to Germany again.
The May date has been pencilled in with Klitschko's K2 Promotions team still discussing potential venues. They want a football stadium to meet the expected high demand for tickets.
As reported by David Anderson of the Daily Mirror, Fury's uncle and trainer, Peter, has revealed there is also an offer from the United Arab Emirates to host the showdown. "Germany has been mentioned, but it could also be in England or the UAE," he said. "The UAE is being looked at and it could end up anywhere."
The Brit dethroned Klitschko for the first time in a decade in Dusseldorf back in November, as Fury secured a unanimous points-decision win. The victory saw the 27-year-old win the lineal, WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring magazine titles, although his rematch stipulation with the Ukrainian has seen Fury stripped of the IBF title.
It’s a rematch that will be met with plenty of intrigue. Klitschko has dominated the division for the last decade, and while he was far from his best against Fury last time out, he will be keen to prove this result was just a blip on his illustrious record.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix thinks if the 39-year-old lets his hands go a bit more freely, he could have enough to beat Fury:
Chris Mannix @ChrisMannixYS
That said, it's 50-50, at best, if he keeps his title in a @Klitschko rematch. If Wladimir lets his hands go from the opening bell, he wins.2016-1-17 05:15:27
Regardless of the victor, the win for the Brit in Dusseldorf seems to have enlivened the heavyweight division, as some grand plans are brewing for the future to determine the WBA champion.
As reported by Jake Donovan of BoxingScene.com, the WBA has set up a tournament that will determine its eventual champion and seek to eradicate multiple titleholders. The piece suggested the bracket will be based on fights that are already in the pipeline, making the competition a more streamlined process.
The Next Big Fight Twitter feed provided an outline of how that potential bracket will look:
Next Big Fight @NextBigFight
WBA plan to have a tournament to determine the world champion. That means Fury needs to win 3 fights! What a joke. https://t.co/PWBS3pjQMd2016-1-20 00:10:51
So, the tournament is likely to see the winner of Fury-Klitschko II take on the winner of Luis Ortiz vs. Alexander Ustinov in what would effectively be a semi-final. Then, the two winners from each side of the bracket would meet to determine the outright WBA champion.
Winning three fights to secure a title he already had is far from ideal for Fury, and he’ll begin to understand the perils of holding so many belts in different divisions. There are other options for the heavyweight too, with Deontay Wilder calling Fury out in the wake of his win over Artur Szpilka last weekend.
First, he needs to get through the second fight with Klitschko. Winning the belts in Dusseldorf was an incredible achievement from Fury and one that will live long in the memory. But should the Ukrainian rediscover his spark in the rematch, then the champion will have to dig even deeper in order to get the job done.