Wladimir Klitschko will face unbeaten British contender Tyson Fury on October 24 in Dusseldorf, Germany, for Klitschko's WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight titles.

It's an intriguing battle between two of boxing's tallest men. The fight will be one of the rare occasions that Wladimir will enter the ring as the smaller man. At six feet nine inches tall, Manchester's Fury is three inches taller than the towering champion, and he is also likely to have a weight advantage on the night.

For Klitschko (64W: 3L: 54 KO's), this title defence has major historical significance. It will be his 28th world title fight (he currently has 25 wins and two defeats in title bouts), which takes him above the great Joe Louis for the number of world heavyweight title bouts contested.

It is an incredible achievement, and a record we may never see broken.

Fury is (24W: 0L: 18 KO's), and after a horrendous 12 months between 2013 and 2014 - when two bouts with fellow countryman David Haye were cancelled due to injuries to Haye's eye and shoulder respectively - put himself in title contention with wins over Dereck Chisora and Christian Hammer. He became the WBO's mandatory challenger, and then the politics began.

In boxing, the two promotional parties come together to craft a deal that is suited for both fighters, but if they can't reach a deal before a date set by the world title governing body, the fight becomes open for a purse bid, when any promoter in world boxing can bid for the fight.

After failing to reach a deal for four weeks, K2 and Mick Hennessey - promoters for Klitschko and Fury respectively - negotiated a deal at the very last second, meaning the fight will go ahead on Saturday, October 24 at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.

It will be the third time Klitschko has defended his title there, having knocked out Jean Marc Mormeck and Eddie Chambers there already, and with the popularity of both men, the indoor stadium is likely to gather a crowd of at least 50,000 come fight night.

Some fights need selling, but Fury's mouth will ensure that boxing websites, YouTube channels, Facebook, Twitter, and News sites will be following the build-up to this fight very closely. Controversial, hilarious and often baffling in his words, Fury is a natural talker, and the perfect opponent to generate worldwide interest in a heavyweight title fight.

For Klitschko, this fight is about legacy, and history. For Fury, winning the world title opens the doors for huge domestic fights back home in the UK, with the likes of Olympic Gold Medallist Anthony Joshua and David Price waiting in the wings. A Wembley mega-bout with Joshua in summer 2016 could potentially beat the 80,000 record crowd that turned up to watch Froch-Groves II.

Looking to the future is a bad idea when you're facing a legend, but Fury - as ever - is in a confident mood ahead of the fight, and managed to put a dig into David Haye as he talked up his chances.

"I promise I won't do a David Haye and s*** myself. I'll KO this super champ. I don't talk unless I can back it up," he said.

Haye notoriously talked himself into a fight with Wladimir back in 2011, before putting in an extremely negative showing and losing by unanimous decision. He later blamed his performance on a broken toe, which saw him take a bashing from fans, fighters and the media alike.

Whether Fury can do any better remains to be seen, but you can guarantee that the lead up to the fight will be colourful and memorable. Let's just hope that the fight lives up to the press conference and social media posts that will come flooding in over the next three months.

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