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The Tyson Fury–Wladimir Klitschko rematch to take place Oct. 29 in Manchester, England.

By SI Wire
September 07, 2016

Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will make his first title defense in a rematch with former champ Wladimir Klitschko.

The fight will take place Oct. 29 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, which is Fury's hometown. The bout was originally scheduled for July 9, but Fury had to pull out because of an ankle injury.

"I'm delighted that we can finally get the fight back on. We can now focus on giving the fans what they deserve," said Fury's uncle and manager, Peter.

"Finally the rematch is fixed. I'll remedy my mistake on 29 October at Manchester Arena. See you there," Klitschko tweeted.

Fury unified the heavyweight crowns by stopping Klitschko (64–4, 54 KOs) by unanimous decision on Nov. 28. Fury's victory ended Klitschko's 18-match streak of title defenses, which is third most in heavyweight history.

Fury (25–0, 18 KOs) faces a Nov. 4 hearing after testing positive for a banned substance this summer. He was provisionally suspended but had the ban lifted by UK Anti-Doping "pending full determination of the charges."

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