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Baffling Date Selected For Tyson Fury Vs Wladimir Klitschko Rematch

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Tyson Fury celebrates victory over Christian Hammer in a Heavyweight Contest at the O2 Arena on February 28, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Tyson Fury’s unanimous decision victory over Wladimir Klitschko last November was one that sent shockwaves across the boxing world.

The Ukranian was unbeaten since 2004, and very few gave Tyson Fury a chance of causing a huge upset. However, the Manchester-born fighter out-foxed the champion, and claimed an historic victory.

BOLTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Asif Vali and Tyson Fury (R) speak at a press conference at the Macron Stadium on November 30, 2015 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

It has since been announced that there will be a rematch this summer, and it was revealed this morning that it will take place on Saturday, July 9.

This is an extremely odd date to be chosen, as it coincides with UFC 200 in Las Vegas. This flagship event of the MMA production will take place on the other side of the Atlantic, and therefore the two cards will not run simultaneously.

However, the two events will compete for pay-per-view sales.

UFC 200 is expected to break all records in the promotion’s history, as three title fights have already been pencilled in. There will be huge European interest in the event, as Conor McGregor has a rematch with Nate Diaz.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 5:  Nate Diaz applies a choke hold to win by submission against Conor McGregor during UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Therefore, Fury-Klitschko II may be a harder sell for promoters than if it were set for a different date.

Mixed Martial Arts is a relatively new player on the fighting scene, and the setting of this date for a heavyweight title fight could be viewed as a statement from boxing authorities to say that they are still the biggest sport in the game.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.