Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko has been confirmed for 29 October. British world champion Fury, 28, claimed the WBO, WBA and IBF belts from the 40-year-old Ukrainian in November 2015, but pulled out of a July rematch with an ankle injury. The fight is at Manchester Arena. “I’m delighted that we can finally get the fight back on. We can now focus on giving the fans what they deserve,” said Fury’s manager and uncle Peter. Klitschko was undefeated for 11 years and had held the belts since 2006 before losing to Fury in Dusseldorf on a unanimous points decision. He tweeted: “Finally the rematch is fixed. I’ll remedy my mistake on 29 October at Manchester Arena. See you there.” Manchester fighter Fury is unbeaten in 25 professional bouts, with 18 knock-outs, while Klitschko is 64-4, with 54 knock-outs. Fury had originally held three of the world belts, but his IBF title was stripped from him soon after he won it when he failed to face his mandatory challenger. British boxer (of Nigerian descent) Anthony Joshua is the current holder.
Neymar moved joint fourth on the list of Brazil’s top goalscorers with the winner in their 2-1 victory over Colombia in World Cup qualifying. The Barcelona striker is level with Zico on 48. Pele’s mark of 77 is the national record. Miranda put Brazil ahead before Marquinhos headed James Rodriguez’s free-kick into his own net. But Neymar got the winner with 17 minutes left when he beat Arsenal keeper David Ospina with an angled shot.
After a 38-year drought for fans and players alike, the rains finally came for the Ugandan national football team on Sunday, as the team booked their place at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon. Fans who had filled the 45,000-capacity Namboole Stadium could not contain their joy at the final whistle, launching a full-blown pitch invasion to begin the celebrations, which erupted simultaneously across the country after the 1-0 victory against Comoros. With one of the youngest populations in the world, with an average age of 15, most Ugandans had not even been born the last time their country appeared in the tournament finals. Uganda’s Minister for Education and Sports Janet Museveni, who is also the first lady, saw a divine hand – if not “The Hand of God” – behind the historic win. The Ugandan team, under their nickname The Cranes, has been trending on social media across the country, with politicians also keen to show their support. Uganda last qualified for the tournament, when the country was still ruled by dictator Idi Amin. The Cranes reached the final of that tournament in 1978, losing 2-0 to hosts Ghana in the final.