- Tyson Fury vs Wladimir Klitschko 2? Brit sidestepped rematch clause; Will legend enforce it?
Tyson Fury vs Wladimir Klitschko 2? Brit sidestepped rematch clause; Will legend enforce it?Hot
In November 2015, Wladimir Klitschko's 11 year reign as heavyweight champion ended in front of a capacity crowd of 55,000 at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf. Klitschko, the clear favourite with the bookies, would lose a unanimous decision in one of the most lethargic, nondescript heavyweight title fights ever.
Soon thereafter, Klitschko, boiling over his performance, exercised his immediate rematch clause and Fury vs Klitschko 2 was confirmed to take place July 9, 2016.
However, as a result of an excess of partying, Fury, in the interim, would become hooked on drugs and spiral into a deep state of addiction.
The fight would be postponed twice before it was finally canceled. Fury would be also be subsequently stripped of his titles.
And as of today, March 10, 2020, the rematch clause agreed to by Team Fury has not been addressed.
Wlad would go on to face newly-crowned champion Anthony Joshua in what became one of the most memorable heavyweight fights in history.
Despite the loss, it was deemed one of Wlad's best performances in his 20 year pro career. Wlad fought intelligently, looked immaculately prepared and appeared to follow a well-constructed game plan as he arose from the canvas to nearly knockout the top-rated heavyweight in the world at the time.
And by now, of course, Fury's story is all too familiar. He would be out of boxing for 2 1/2 years, overcome drug addictions and severe depression as well as his subsequent obesity to once again become a heavyweight champion - and a popular one.
Wilder will get his promised second chance but what about Klitschko, an all-time great and certain first ballot hall of famer who gave Tyson the opportunity to win the big cookies in 2015?
Last month, when offering his prediction for Wilder vs Fury 2, Wlad hinted he'd love to open that window, again, for a Fury vs Klitschko 2 showdown for all the marbles.
“I think, or I wish, that actually Fury, believe it or not, might make it," Klitschko told BoxingScene. "
"Maybe not, but I wish he’s going to. And then there’s supposed to be a rematch between Fury and me. Am I announcing now a comeback? No I’m not. Mark my words, I’m not announcing a rematch."
“But it could possibly be a good mix when, all of a sudden, Fury is going to win and a lot of different doors are going to open and excitement and things like that. But as I said, Wilder is going to win by knockout or Fury could win on points.”
Translated, that meant:
"I'm not necessarily announcing a comeback at this moment. However, I'd to see Tyson win because it could create some opportunities for me."
"... There's supposed to be a rematch between Fury and me." (Hint, hint)
"I've been waiting nearly 5 years to get him back in the ring."
That's EXACTLY what Wlad meant.
Who cares if he is 43? He was 41 when he almost KO'd Anthony Joshua.
Wlad wasn't announcing a comeback but, by even mentioning a return, was certainly not downplaying that idea either.... "Fury is going to win and a lot of different doors are going to open."
Let's not forget, Klitschko, after losing to Anthony Joshua in April 2017, immediately announced he'd exercise his rematch clause. The rematch was a 'go' and the only outstanding questions were its date and location.
...Or so it seemed.
Klitschko seemed to be waffling on his decision to return to boxing. First, he wanted the rematch and the fight was close to being signed, and then retirement seemed like the better choice.
For the last 3 years we've heard rumors of a Klitschko comeback and if anyone can lure him out of retirement it's Tyson Fury who has yet to honor his rematch clause with Klitschko.
Following his loss to Fury in Nov 2015, Wlad, seething from the result, threw himself into training like never before and was seemingly amped to win his title back before Fury's shenanigans severed his chances.
It's no mistake the popular network DAZN has purportedly tried to lure Wlad out of retirement last year.
"I still got it. Can I fight? Yes," Wladimir told Business Insider in October 2019.
"Right now I keep my options open," he said. "
"There is going to be no comeback to come back and to break a jaw … it's a comeback to break a record [George Foreman's regaining the title at 45]."
"Is it appealing? I would say yeah, it's pretty cool. George Foreman did it. He was 45 I believe when he became champion, and it's a pretty cool statement."
Regardless of what Wlad decides, he clearly has the itch to return. And he'd be able to pack 80,000 in a German stadium should he challenge Fury for the lineal title.
... And, most importantly, he has a rematch clause.