WLADIMIR Klitschko has released a video confirming his decision to utilise his right to a re-match with Tyson Fury in 2016.
The Ukrainian lost his array of titles following a Unanimous Decision loss to Fury on Saturday night, ending a nine-and-a-half-year stint as world champion.
However, after taking time to consider his options, a seemingly cheerful Klitschko made the announcement of a re-match via his Instagram account.
“I have a pre-Christmas gift for Tyson Fury and all boxing fans around the world,” says the 39-year-old, who hadn’t lost in 11 years before Saturday night.
“I’ll be making use of my contractual option for a re-match against Fury. So to say, the fight of 2016 is in the making.”
Meanwhile, an online petition has been launched demanding the BBC remove Fury from their Sports Personality of the Year shortlist because of homophobic comments made by the devout Christian, which recently came to light in an interview with the Mail on Sunday.