World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and the man he dethroned last November, Wladimir Klitschko, finally have a date set for their contractually obligated rematch, as the two will be meeting on July 9, and Fury has managed to secure home field advantage, as the fight will take place at Manchester Arena.
Fury (25-0, 18 KO) beat Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO) by decision in Germany on November 28, snapping a 22-fight win streak by Klitschko that dated back to 2004. Klitschko had won 19 straight world title fights, too, dating back to his 2006 IBF title win over Chris Byrd.
Klitschko, who turned 40 in March, will need to make real adjustments if he's to get revenge against the 27-year-old Fury, whose height and reach left Klitschko at a rare size disadvantage, and Wladimir simply wasn't able to pull the trigger and take the necessary risks. Style-wise, it may just be a kryptonite matchup for the Ukrainian former champion, and the fact that Fury is a very capable boxer certainly doesn't help. He's not Mariusz Wach or one of the other immobile "giants" that have come down the line in recent years. Fury can move, can box, and knows the game.
Who do you like in the rematch? Will it be more of the same, or can Wladimir get the belts back?