Unbeaten British boxer Tyson Fury will challenge heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko for his IBF, IBO, WBC and WBO titles in Dusseldorf, Germany, in October.
The 26-year-old, whose last bouts saw him stop Dereck Chisora and Christian Hammer, holds a 24-0 record while Ukrainian fighter Klitschko has not lost a fight for 11 years.
Boxing promoter Frank Warren revealed to sports columinists sometime ago that negotiations had began between the two fighters’ camps over a possible bout, believing it would be “a massive, massive fight.”
And Fury’s promoters Hennessy Sports announced the October 24 clash through a statement on their official website on Monday, with the Brit tweeting: “Viva Deutschland, I’m coming to rock your country in October. Be there or miss the best fight in heavyweight history #letsgetthispartystarted.
“The GYPSYKING will come out of this fight as the best heavyweight on the planet.”
The 6ft 9in Fury defended his European heavyweight title from Romania’s Hammer on a technical decision back in February
Klitschko, 39, last fought in Dusseldorf in March 2013, retaining his four current belts with a knock-out victory over Jean-Marc Mormeck, and is 64-3 over a near 20-year career which has seen him beat the likes of Axel Schulz, Ruslan Chagaev and Tony Thompson.
The encounter with Fury will be his 19th defence in his second reign as world champion.
On Monday evening he tweeted: “Done deal. Just before purse bid began we reached an agreement with the Fury camp. Looking forward to the fight on October 24th.”