The Rematch

By Robert Ecksel on December 2, 2015
The Rematch
Everyone from Toledo to Timbuktu knows that Tyson Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko.

Klitschko will have to be a different fighter than he was Saturday, a different fighter than he has been for much of his career…

The heavyweight title used to be called the biggest prize in sports. Boxing’s popularity has waxed and waned, as has the quality of the heavyweights. But everyone from Toledo to Timbuktu knows that Tyson Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko last week to claim the heavyweight crown.

It was, and still appears to be, all the news that’s fit to print.

Temperamentally, Fury and Klitschko are like night and day, but there was no differentiating night from day under the hot lights over the ring.

Tyson Fury brought it, whereas Wladimir Klitschko took it, and that was all she wrote.

At the conclusion of the bout Klitschko said, “There will be a rematch. It is still early and I have to process things but there will definitely be a rematch.”

That may have sounded like wishful thinking at the time, but Dr. Steelhammer knew what he was talking about. He had studied the contract, no less than the contractual option for a rematch, and has decided, to no one’s surprise, to exercise that option.

That’s a tough break for the likes of Deontay Wilder, David Haye, Anthony Joshua, Vyacheslav Glazkov, and every other heavyweight who expressed an interest in fighting the new champion.

They will have to wait their turn.

“I was really frustrated after the fight,” said Klitschko, “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. The Klitschko story will continue. Failure is not an option.”

That’s a big nut to crack, in more ways than one, and Klitschko will have to be a different fighter than he was Saturday night, maybe even a different fighter than he has been for much of his career.

But it looks like the rematch is a go.

“There will be a huge worldwide interest in this fight which already can be billed as the fight of the year in 2016,” said Bernd Bönte, CEO Klitschko Management Group. “We received so many questions from fans and journalists after last Saturday. The new champion and his challenger will answer all of them inside the ring.”

That’s where these things should be decided, as they have always been, and as they will always be.

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  1. No10Count 12:16am, 12/07/2015

    He’s 39 years old. Retire.

    Any of you watch his early fights?
    Steward made him boring. Also Hep C.

    Joshua better start working out a plan to force one of the champions in the ring within in the next 2 years.


  2. NYIrish 02:59pm, 12/04/2015

    I’d have to get paid to watch them again.

  3. didier 08:15am, 12/03/2015

    Fight of the year 2016? Bullocks

  4. Mike Casey 06:17am, 12/03/2015

    Rats, I’ve been rumbled!

  5. AkT 06:11am, 12/03/2015

    @Mike Casey - You’re not one the German judges, are ya?

  6. Mike Casey 05:50am, 12/03/2015

    If it’s a draw, we’ll all be in for a third bloody helping.

  7. GlennR 01:21am, 12/03/2015

    I seriously don’t see him coming close to Fury.
    He doesn’t know how to attack the body, and Fury quite simply owned the line above the shoulder.
    He, quite simply, does not know how to deal with a taller man that CAN box. And that’s not going to change second time round

  8. AkT 12:44am, 12/03/2015

    * several places up the all time greats* - each spot is several places in my book.

  9. AkT 12:38am, 12/03/2015

    I love a comeback story. But Robert has so succinctly said it - Wladimir cannot win using the same style.

    For once, he faces a guy who is not only much bigger but also has a 4 inch reach advantage that he uses very well. To land his money or stinger punch, it’s a lot less likely to be from the outside. This also unfortunately means that to win, it’ll have to be by knockout. Otherwise Tyson will dance circles around him all night.

    Wladimir has all the attributes needed to win the fight but not the right fighting style. To change at this point Might not be the way to go but if he pulls it off he’d have climbed several places up the all time greats. (I always knew Tyson would beat him on points but I NEVER thought they’d actually award him a decision in Germany. So I never placed a wager).

  10. Walter Wojtowicz 07:55pm, 12/02/2015

    @ Mr. Irish Gimpel:  Thank you for your above comment. Anyone who refers to a man who makes his living fighting as a coward doesn’t truly appreciate what these fellows do..  Punk ass is one way and a good way to put.. But to throw around the word coward as was done in a previous article is just down right cowardly.. BTW, I love crossing the street in Germany..  They do it the right way..  I hope the rematch happens.

  11. peter 04:06pm, 12/02/2015

    Klitschko is certainly a stand-up guy—and that goes a very long way in my boxing book. But I think three things went against him in the Fury fight: 1) Klitschko is getting older, 2) Fury got inside his head; (view their prolonged sit-down interview in England); Klitschko, after so many years, has lost the “eye of the tiger”. Fury is such a pitiful boxer, but he beat Klitschko because he believed in himself—and Klitschko let him win. Klitschko will win the rematch—if he sincerely wants to win—and if Fury doesn’t train and does a Buster Douglas.

  12. Jim Crue 01:31pm, 12/02/2015

    Well said Robert..
    Boxing needs more decent people like him and his brother.
    I don’t think anyone denigrated him personally like some anonymous/screen name only, posters are saying.
    His fear of getting hit has been obvious in most of his fights. Who can blame him? He did what he had to do to win. I don’t think he will win a rematch.

  13. Koolz 01:27pm, 12/02/2015

    The Curse of Being King.
    Problem with being a King is you want to be a King Forever! 
    The Problem with being a King is that everyone wants to be King and there are many who are plotting your downfall.

    Wlad was King quite a long time!  nine years!  Sooner rather then later the next one comes that will be King.

    Wilder is now saying some pretty funny things about that fight.

    Fury’s Confidence is on another planet now! 

    Very true Robert.

  14. Robert Ecksel 12:47pm, 12/02/2015

    For the record, I think Klitschko is an amazing person. Of the many fighters I’ve interviewed, he was the only one who ever asked me questions. He wasn’t so self-absorbed that he wasn’t willing to engage in an actual dialogue. I was impressed then. I am no less impressed now. The same, however, does not apply to his performance Saturday night. We didn’t see the new Klitschko, or the old Klitschko, so much as we saw the same Klitschko, but against someone bigger than him who was not intimidated and was willing to bring the fight to the champ. That takes nothing away from Klitschko the man. He’s as dignified as they come (and boxing needs all the dignity it can get). But fights are won in the ring, not on the phone. He was, unfortunately, shown up in Düsseldorf. Nothing would make me happier than to see him turn the tables on Fury, but I’m not convinced that will happen.

  15. AkT 12:46pm, 12/02/2015

    Wladimir should retire. Considering Tyson Fury’s speed and size, I’d say Wladimir did ok. Fury was gunning for a knockout but Wladimir was too smart/cautious to fall for any tricks. It’ll be completely different if they ever fought again. Very different.

    Wladimir has shown courage and consistent discipline in staying atop a sport that is so so demanding for 10+ years.

    I don’t think Wladimir is a fighter though in the true sense of the word. Not like Vitali is. The squeamish look that he brandishes when he’s about to get hit only confirms why he jab jab grabs.

  16. Koolz 12:38pm, 12/02/2015

    I just can’t see Wlad being able to a just and handle Fury.  Fury style just clashes with Wlad’s style.  In the Rematch Fury will be even more confident and will go nutz looking to really beat up Wlad and show the world.

    What can Wlad do differently?  He will fight the same, he will fight , but I can’t see anything he does that beats Fury in Fury vs Wlad II.

    Wlad will not fight differently and that will be his down fall.

  17. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 12:04pm, 12/02/2015

    One word that should never be tolerated on a boxing site is coward….I haven’t seen it on as I have in postings by mindless commenters on other sites….but I have seen some big time insinuations by both writers and commenters here in regard to Wlad’s performance the Saturday past. Maybe Wlad is fair game for some here that have been waiting literally for years to denigrate not only his abilities and accomplishments but his very personhood…but in a word it’s punk…..punk ass.

  18. Eric 10:25am, 12/02/2015

    Wlad vs. Fury II should do very well even in America. No matter how boring Klitschko-Fury I was, this rematch will probably peak the interest of even casual boxing fans. After all most of the general public doesn’t really care about a couple of 147lb fighters going at it unless they are named Duran or Leonard. Two HUGE rematches coming up, Ronda vs. Holly and this one, I’m making an early prediction in picking Wlad and Ronda to regain their titles. Regaining his title would be a great way for Wlad to end his career.

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