Klitschko-Fury Will Run On HBO Oct. 24

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WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO VS. TYSON FURY

SET FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

AT THE ESPRIT ARENA IN DUSSELDORF

Live onHBO World Championship Boxing®

Dusseldorf, Germany (July 24) A press conference was held this past Tuesday at the ESPRIT Arena to formally announce the highly anticipated World Heavyweight Championship between undisputed and long reigning champion Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko and #1 ranked mandatory challenger Tyson Fury set for Saturday, October 24. The event will be televised in the U.S. live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Sporting a record of 64-3-0 (54KO’s) and holder of the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and “Ring Magazine” heavyweight titles, Klitschko will be making his 19th championship defense. He returns to battle following a dominant 12-round decision victory over Bryant Jennings on April 25 in front of a crowd of over 17,000 at Madison Square Garden.

A native of the United Kingdom, Fury brings an unblemished record into battle of 24-0-0 (18KO’s). Most recently he stopped Christian Hammer in the 8th round on February 28 in London, United Kingdom.

“After all these years, all the guys I have fought have been a challenge for me to motivate myself,” said Klitschko. I believe Tyson Fury really means what he says. He is coming to win the fight. “

“I have done my homework, he is very entertaining, he sings, he dances, people either like him or hate him. He’s not coming to be present on the canvas, he’s coming to win the championship.”

Stated Fury, “It’s a pleasure to be here in Dusseldorf, the time has arrived. Wladimir Kltischko is a great champion and has been for 11 years taking on all comers but I believe he has never faced a challenge like me. There’s never been someone like me.”

“I’m a very dangerous fighter, but I have to give credit to the older champion to face a fighter like myself.”

“The world heavyweight championship fight on October 24 is an energizing event for the division as well as the sport,” said Peter Nelson, vice president, programming, HBO Sports. “This is an intriguing, fascinating matchup that should captivate the boxing world. We know both Wladimir and Tyson will be ready. We are delighted to present the fight live on HBO in the United States.”

With the win over Jennings, Klitschko continued his path towards heavyweight division history with his 18 consecutive title defenses behind only Larry Holmes (20) and Joe Louis (25, the record for any weight class). A crowd in excess of 65,000 is expected at the ESPRIT Arena where Klitschko has fought twice previously.

The title defense will also be Klitschko’s 28th world title fight, a new record in the heavyweight division, surpassing Joe Louis (27), Larry Holmes (26) and Muhammad Ali (25)!

Known as much for his brash words as his firepower in the ring, the 6’9” towering Fury has been the talk of the United Kingdom’s heavyweight division since bursting onto the scene in 2008. The 26 year-old has proven his mettle with two dominant victories over former world title challenger and rival countryman Dereck Chisora in 2011 and 2014.

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-deepwater2 :

Fury can do it.


-george0383 :

Fury has a chance, but he must come in tremendous shape and win in a lopsided fashion or KO. If it's anyway close in scoring you know they will give it to Steelhammer in Germany because he has been fighting there for years and is a home country fighter there. Fury better work his butt off and be prepared to go 12 rounds and outbox Klitchko from the outside if he expects to win. I hope he is motivated and not just happy with a good payday, like many who fought Vlad before!


-Bernie Campbell :

Its evident! Please look at the body language between the two!


-oubobcat :

A lot of people like Fury and think he has a shot. Well four years ago a lot of people liked Haye and thought he had a shot. The fight was even bet down to even money when the opening bell rang. And was completely dominated and outclassed by Klitschko. Haye was never in the fight. Much like Haye, Fury has come along in the heavyweight division at the right time. He is not as skilled as Haye but is big and like Haye has a big mouth. A very big mouth that has helped him move along the division beating journeymen and men much smaller than himself. The division does not have the talent it once has and has allowed Fury to make a name for himself being so devoid of talent at the moment. Just remember, Nicolai Firtha and Steve Cunningham each came close to ko's Fury. Firtha is not a big puncher at all and Cunningham was significantly smaller than Fury. Cunningham was actually out classing Fury at times but the size difference was too much to overcome. Klitchscko is big and skilled. He hits much harder too than either Fury or Cunningham. I think that chin of Fury's gets tested early. Klitschko KO1...mark it down now. My only question is will Fury make it out of the first minute of the fight.


-Domenic :

A lot of people like Fury and think he has a shot. Well four years ago a lot of people liked Haye and thought he had a shot. The fight was even bet down to even money when the opening bell rang. And was completely dominated and outclassed by Klitschko. Haye was never in the fight. Much like Haye, Fury has come along in the heavyweight division at the right time. He is not as skilled as Haye but is big and like Haye has a big mouth. A very big mouth that has helped him move along the division beating journeymen and men much smaller than himself. The division does not have the talent it once has and has allowed Fury to make a name for himself being so devoid of talent at the moment. Just remember, Nicolai Firtha and Steve Cunningham each came close to ko's Fury. Firtha is not a big puncher at all and Cunningham was significantly smaller than Fury. Cunningham was actually out classing Fury at times but the size difference was too much to overcome. Klitchscko is big and skilled. He hits much harder too than either Fury or Cunningham. I think that chin of Fury's gets tested early. Klitschko KO1...mark it down now. My only question is will Fury make it out of the first minute of the fight.
That's epic OU. A KO 1 is no joke of a prediction! Even though Haye was more skilled than Fury, he arrived that night with such intense fear that it completely decapitated him. I don't think Fury's scared (if he is, he's a great actor). I see no chance of this going to the cards. I think these guys will be bouncing shots off one another in an artless war. Wish it was sooner. I'm taking Klitschko, but not with great confidence. Fury is a live dog, in my eyes.