BY RAY HOBBS
With the much anticipated rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitshcko having already been postponed once already due to an injury to the British fighter, lawyers have now called in to decide whether the rearranged fight on October 29th will go ahead as planned. It has now been revealed that the first postponement was more due to financial disagreements than an apparent foot injury for Fury. The unified champion’s team are said to have concerns over the 36,000 registered attendees for the first fight, of which was held in a 50,000 seat football stadium in Dusseldorf. Meanwhile, the Klitshcko camp are also thought to be concerned over the Manchester Arena’s holding of the fight, and have even provisionally booked two venues in Germany as backup options.
The first fight between the duo was surrounded by controversy also, with Fury even threatening to withdraw from the bout in protest over the layering of the canvas in Germany, which the Brit felt had been laid in favour of the Ukrainian. The build up to the rearranged October contest has also seen no shortage of headlines, with Fury being asked to explain traces of nandrolone in a drugs test by boxing officials, as well questions marks being raised over just how genuine Fury’s injury really was. Just weeks after the postponement of the rematch, Fury was pictured standing on table tops during a trip to France to support the England football team. Despite such controversy, odds on Tyson Fury to win by knock-out are relatively short at bookmakers Betway’s website.
Elsewhere in the boxing world, the September 17th matchup between Liam Smith and Canelo Alvarez has been moved from Las Vegas to Dallas, with the Cowboys stadium set to increase potential for supporters. Smith is 11/2 outsider for the title with Betway, with Alvarez having defended his world middleweight title by defeating Amir Khan already earlier this year. The Mexican is returning to his preferred light-middleweight poundage for his bout with Smith, and he will be looking to put on another show for the fans stateside, where he is 1/10 on with Betway.
Meanwhile, after discussions over a potential fight with Chris Eubank Jr collapsed, compatriot Kell Brook stepped up to take on world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on September 10th. Once again, the British fighter is the severe underdog, with Brook given odds of 9/2 by Betway.