Boxing: Fury-Klitschko re-match set for July – trainer

LONDON (AFP) – Tyson Fury will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) heavyweight titles in a rematch against Wladimir Klitschko in Manchester on July 9, the British fighter s trainer and uncle Peter Fury declared Friday.

Fury senior tweeted the rematch will be supported after on Friday, saying: “(On) 9th July Tyson Fury vs Klitschko is coming to Manchester Uk.

“Official statement coming 12 midday (UK time, 1100 GMT).”

Hamburg-based Klitschko lost his WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO belts to Fury on points in Duesseldorf last November as the Ukrainian suffered his first defeat in over a decade.

Fury, from Manchester, northern England, was stripped of the IBF belt for consenting to confront Klitschko in a rematch.

Discussions, nevertheless, proved protracted. Fury lately said that he believed the delay was due to Klitschko s hope he’ll gain weight in the time between fights and endured a slight back injury.

“I believe they believe I am going to put on 10 stone and self-detonate, but this s not likely to take place,” described Fury.

“When I get the date, I ll go right back in the gym and begin working it away.

“I ve got a back injury. A classic injury flared up when I went over to help Hughie (my cousin) outside for his fight (on March 26).

“I got taken to hospital and ever since then, whenever that I get hit in the rear, it goes right into a spasm, such as a trapped nerve. It s a distressing encounter.

“But, listen, when they declare the exact date, I ll be prepared, back injury or not.”

Fury s decision to decide on a rematch with Klitschko paved the way for Charles Martin to win the vacant IBF title when Ukrainian Vyacheslav Glazkov injured a knee in their fight in January.

The American will defend his title against Britain s Anthony Joshua, an Olympic gold medallist in the year 2012, at London s O2 Arena on Saturday.

This week has found Fury and Joshua exchange abuses via Twitter in the buildup to that particular world title fight.