Wladimir Klitschko has exercised his option of an immediate rematch with Tyson Fury.
Wladimir Klitschko, dethroned as the unified heavyweight champion of the world last Saturday in a stunning upset by Tyson Fury, will now bid to reclaim his four belts next year in the return fight.
He revealed the news on Instagram which read: “I have a pre-Christmas gift for Tyson Fury and all boxing fans around the world.”
“I will be making use of my contractual option for a rematch against Fury.”
“So to say the fight of 2016 is in the making.”
The message further reads: “I was really frustrated directly after the fight but after some short nights I now know that I want to show that I am much better than my performance on Saturday.”
“I couldn’t show my full potential at any time. This is what I want to change in the rematch – and I will. Failure is not an option.”
Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente further confirmed the news: “There will be a huge worldwide interest in this fight which already can be billed as the fight of the year 2016.”
“We received so many questions of fans and journalists after last Saturday. The new champion and his challenger will answer all of them inside the ring.”
Klitschko was the heavy favourite to win the fight in Dusseldorf but he struggled to find his range against the 6ft 9in Fury who beat Klitschko in points.
All three judges scored the fight to the giant traveller even though he was deducted a point in the penultimate round for punching to the back of the head.
The rematch could also take place in Klitschko’s adopted homeland although Old Trafford and Wembley are other alternatives should the soon-to-be 40-year-old agree to travel to the UK.
Immediately after his victory, Fury said that he had no problems having another rematch.
“I want to be a great champion and I’d like to do it again. One thing I can say about the rematch is it’s going to be explosive,” Fury said.
“To be honest it doesn’t matter to me where I fight. If you say I’m fighting in Japan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, American, wherever it has to be, it has to be.”
“I’d like to come back to Germany again to fight Wladimir. I’ve enjoyed it. I got a great reception from the German fans. The German people really did show me some love and I just hope I entertained them.”
So, for eagerly awaited fans yes, the fight is in making.