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.
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.
9th July @Tyson_Fury vs Klitschko” is coming to Manchester uk. Official announcement coming 12 noon.
— peter fury. (@peterfury) April 8, 2016
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.
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.