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Klitschko-Fury rematch set for June date

Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko and his wife Hayden Panettiere, right, leave the hall after Klitschko lost to Britain's Tyson Fury in a world heavyweight title fight for Klitschko's WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts in the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Sebastian Konopka)

Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko and his wife Hayden Panettiere, right, leave the hall after Klitschko lost to Britain’s Tyson Fury in a world heavyweight title fight for Klitschko’s WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts in the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Sebastian Konopka)

BERLIN, March 13 – Wladimir Klitschko’s management has confirmed there are negotiations to hold his world heavyweight rematch against Britain’s Tyson Fury in Austria with a date of June 4 still to be confirmed.

Hamburg-based Klitschko lost his WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO belts to Britain’s Fury on points in Duesseldorf last November as the Ukrainian suffered his first defeat in more than a decade.

Klitschko’s management say Klagenfurt’s Woerthersee Stadium, a 32,000-capacity venue which hosted European championship football matches in 2008, is the most likely option to stage the bout.

“Yes, that’s right. We are in negotiations, but for confidential reasons, we can’t give out any more information at this stage,” Nicola Pattberg of the Klitschko Management Group (KMG) told Austrian paper the Kleine Zeitung.

London’s Wembley Stadium and Munich’s Allianz Arena have already both been ruled out as potential venues, according to reports.

Klitschko, who turns 40 on March 25, regularly holds his training camps in the Austrian alps.

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