Boxer Wladimir Klitschko announced via Instagram on Wednesday that he will exercise his rematch clause to fight Tyson Fury in 2016.
Klitschko, 39, was defeated by Fury, 27, in a match on Nov. 28 to end his 11-year, 22-fight reign atop the heavyweight division and lose his WBA, IBF and WBO titles.
“I have a pre-Christmas gift for Tyson Fury and all boxing fans around the world,” Klitschko said in an Instagram video post. “I’ll be making use of my contractual option for a rematch against Fury. So to say, the fight of 2016 is in the making.”
Since his professional boxing career began in 1996, Klitschko has a 64–4 record, while Fury has a perfect 25–0 record since his professional debut in 2008.
The date for the rematch has not yet been announced.