Fury sets Klitschko boxing rematch date

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LONDON: Controversial British world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury claimed Thursday his postponed rematch against Wladimir Klitschko, who he sensationally beat last November, will take place on October 29.

The 27-year-old — who has regularly sparked a furore over his comments on women, paedophiles and homosexuality — tweeted that his WBA, WBO and IBO belts, which previously belonged to Klitschko, will be on the line when he faces up to the veteran Ukrainian in Manchester.

“Sixteen weeks Saturday ’till I blast Klitschko spark out,” Fury tweeted.

“#Andstill! Can’t wait #manchesteroctober29 #letshaveit.”

Fury had originally been due to defend his titles — he relinquished the IBF belt when he declined to fight the mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov — this month, but an ankle injury he suffered while out running in June ruled him out.

Only two days after he made that announcement, the Sunday Mirror alleged he had failed a drugs test last year — he strenuously denied it.

Klitschko, 40, who along with brother Vitali dominated the division for years, admitted earlier this year he had suffered ‘like a dog’ since losing to Fury.

Klitschko, who had not lost in 11 years before his defeat to the British pugilist, also made no secret of his disdain for Fury and his habit of making disparaging remarks.

“I’m going to bash his (Fury) face in for all his anti-semitic, sexist and homophobic comments, which he regularly likes to come out with,” he told German magazine Stern.