Klitschko vs Fury Fight: Venue set for 55,000 sell outWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Wladimir Klitschko, boxing's 39 year old long-reigning lineal heavyweight champion will face unbeaten challenger Tyson Fury on October 24th.
The Klitschko vs Fury fight will be broadcast on subscriber HBO in the States and will take place at ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Simply put, it may be the biggest fight the heavyweight division has seen since Lennox Lewis defeated Mike Tyson in 2002.
Will it gross more than Klitschko vs David Haye (2011)?
Who knows? But one thing is for sure, the 6'10" Tyson Fury isn't a blown-up cruiserweight like David Haye.
According to Mirror UK, nearly 40,000 tickets have already been purchased and the fight is on course for a 55,000 seat sell-out. Moreover, according to the same publication, the Klitschko vs Fury fight may gross over £30 million (or $47 million USD).
"We're already close to selling 40,000 tickets and it is guaranteed to be a 55,000 sell-out," promoter Mick Hennessy recently told Mirror UK.
"It's selling brilliantly and worldwide this fight could be worth more than £30 million." promoter Mick Hennessy recently told Mirror UK.
Will Klitschko vs Fury revitalize the division?
The heavyweight division was once the most glamorous and exciting weight class in boxing. And to many, there's nothing like watching the sport's biggest and strongest fighters unleash shots with power inconceivable to the average person.
Will this fight ignite the division?
Will there be a changing of the guard and an end to Wlad's incredible streak?
Or will Wladimir Klitschko cement his place in boxing as a heavyweight legend and all-time great?
There's nothing like the big guys 'throwing down' and some are confident boxing's big boys are about to experience a renaissance of sorts.
Klitschko vs Fury venue: ESPRIT Arena
The fight will take place in pro-Klitschko territory, Dusseldorf, Germany.
Previously known as LTU Arena (until 6 years ago), and Düsseldorf Arena (during the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest), ESPIRIT Arena is a multi-functional football (soccer) stadium with a capacity of 55,000.
Construction started in 2002 and the stadium opened to the public in 2004. ESPRIT Arena has a closable roof as well as a special heating system that provides heat for fans during the frigid German winters.
Formerly home to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, ESPRIT Arena was the hosted Wlad's title defense against Eddie Chambers in 2010. Klitschko stopped the American in Round 12. The champion defeated Jean Marc Mormeck at the venue several years later.
ESPRIT Arena has also hosted Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Depeche Mode.