The boxing world was thrown into a frenzy on Friday morning after the anticipated rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko seemed to be confirmed.
Fury's uncle and trainer, Peter Fury, wrote on Twitter. “(On) 9th July Tyson Fury vs Klitschko is coming to Manchester Uk. Official announcement coming 12 noon.”
The 27-year-old shocked the boxing world by outscoring Klitschko, 40, on points in Dusseldorf last November, securing the WBA, IBF and WBO titles in the process.
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But as of yet we are still waiting for official confirmation from Klitschko's team, putting serious doubt to Peter's claim. In fact, there are several issues that have already thrown the tie into doubt, according to the Mirror.
First of all, the rematch clause clearly states that the fight must take place in the venue that will make the most money. It is yet to be confirmed whether Manchester Arena satisfies that clause. For example, the O2 Arena would draw a similar crowd but would be able to sell tickets for a higher price as well as more corporate packages.
Secondly, Anthony Joshua, who fights Charles Martin for the IBF Heavyweight crown on Saturday, has had his first title defence pencilled in for the 9th July by none other than Eddie Hearn himself.
Joshua must win tomorrow, of course, but doing so would make Fury's fight unviable. Holding two heavyweight bouts on the same evening would split the audience, meaning one would have to make way.
Finally, while an official announcement was originally pencilled in for noon, as of 2pm BST we are still waiting for it. Of course, this could happen any moment, so apologies if you are reading it after it has been made.
The biggest problem could well be with the venue, but it is understood Fury was keen to get a home advantage by fighting in or around Manchester. Originally, they tried for Old Trafford before Bolton's Macron was also ruled out.
Manchester City's Etihad Stadium was a potential venue but was ruled out simply because Fury is a United fan. We are sure many fans can empathise with that.
Manchester Arena, with a capacity of 21,000, has held heavyweight title fights before while David Haye defended his WBO title against John Ruiz and Audley Harrison in front of capacity crowds.
If the fight goes ahead, it means a spectacular weekend of sport. That weekend will also see Wimbledon singles finals, the British Grand Prix and the Euro 2016 final take place.
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