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Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko rematch set for October 29

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By Scott Gilfoid: Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) will reportedly be getting his long awaited rematch against IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) on October 29 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. The rescheduled fight date still hasn’t been officially announced, but it likely will soon.

This is almost four full months away. Fury’s injured ankle should be more than healed by then. But more importantly, will plenty of time to burn off the excess blubber that he still has on his frame that he hadn’t been able to take off through diet and exercise. Fury was supposed to be fighting Wladimir on July 9, but he suffered an injury while training for the fight.

According to a source with ESPN, Fury simply wasn’t ready to fight Wladimir in July because of all the eight that he had packed on his frame. The ankle injury that Fury sustained worked out well for him by giving him A LOT of extra time to burn off the fat that had mainly accumulated around his midsection.

Fury isn’t one of those guys that distributes weight evenly around his body when he gains weight. He tends to pack the weight around his midsection like a giant spare tire.

Fury beat Wladimir by a 12 round unanimous decision last November in Dusseldorf, Germany. It wasn’t much of a win though, as Fury wasn’t landing more than a few slaps here and there. He was winning the rounds because Wladimir wasn’t throwing shots. It’s as simple as that. It was an awful performance from both fighters.

Fury looked just a tiny bit less awful. The weird thing about the Klitschko-Fury I fight was so few punches were landed. It was one of those bizarre fights where both guys just stood there and looked at each other for 12 rounds. Fury won because he landed several slaps in the later rounds. Wladimir’s brother Vitali Klitschko and trainer Jonathan Banks tried their best to encourage him to throw punches, but he wasn’t into throwing punches on that night.

It’s too bad there was a rematch clause in the contract because I think the boxing public would be better off not seeing these two guys face each other a second time. I think there are a lot of heavyweight contenders that would whip Fury if given the chance. With Wladimir and Fury going back and forth with them fighting each other over and over again, it’s not letting the other guys like Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz and Joseph Parker get their shots.

Wladimir says, “Failure is not an option.” It doesn’t matter even if Wladimir does fail a second time. It’s not as if Fury is going to remain a champion for long. He’s clearly borrowed time. As soon as Fury fights a halfway decent fighter that isn’t afraid to throw punches, he’ll lose. I don’t think he would need to necessarily face a good contender. I still think Fury will lose because he’s too easy to hit and has no punching power whatsoever.

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