• Rod Stewart says he is excited and honoured to be part of boxing event 
  • A crowd of 55,000 will see Stewart perform his warm-up act in Dusseldorf
  • Wladimir Klitschko admits to being a big fan of the Scottish superstar
  • Tyson Fury will hope to spoil the party against Klitschko on October 24

Jeff Powell For Mailonline

Rod Stewart is to set the stage for Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title challenge to Wladimir Klitschko with a spectacular performance in the hour before the fight.

Stewart’s act will warm up the 55,000 crowd in Dusseldorf’s Esprit football stadium on October 24 and be broadcast to more than 100 million television viewers in 150 countries around the world.

This is the most extravagant fusion yet of pop music with big-time boxing. The veteran Scottish superstar will use the occasion to launch his new album, Another Country.

Rod Stewart is to set the stage for Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title challenge to Wladimir Klitschko

Rod Stewart is to set the stage for Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title challenge to Wladimir Klitschko

Fury will hope that Stewart's set will inspire him to victory at Dusseldorf’s Esprit football stadium in October

Fury will hope that Stewart’s set will inspire him to victory at Dusseldorf’s Esprit football stadium in October

He said: ‘I’m excited and honoured to be part of this event.’

Rock icon Stewart will hope his performance helps to generate sales of his new album, which will be released the day before the prize fight.

Klitschko is relishing the chance to take to the ring after the British rock singer-songwriter has performed his set, and the Ukrainian confessed his appreciation for the 70-year-old’s music repertoire.

The reigning Heavyweight World Champion added: ‘I’m a big fan of Rod Stewart. He is mega and this is awesome.’

Klitschko defeated Bryant Jennings in May to retain his heavyweight titles, taking his record to 64-3

Klitschko defeated Bryant Jennings in May to retain his heavyweight titles, taking his record to 64-3

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