Hampstead heavyweight Dereck Chisora ready for showdown with Tyson Fury
PUBLISHED: 12:44 18 March 2014 | UPDATED: 12:45 18 March 2014
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Fierce rivals Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury will collide in the biggest heavyweight grudge rematch in recent years after the Manchester showdown was announced this week.
The winner on July 26 earns the right to face Wladimir Klitschko for the WBO Heavyweight Championship of the World title, and the prized British Heavyweight Championship will also be on the line.
The pair first clashed in July 2011 at Wembley Arena, with Fury inflicting Chisora’s first defeat record and snatching his British and Commonwealth belts on the judges’ scorecards.
Chisora, who lives in Hampstead Garden Suburb, admits he wasn’t in shape for that fight. But he has since turned his career around, winning the European, WBO and WBA International titles. This time he is confident of reversing the result.
“Tyson Fury is in my way and I’m going to smash him out of it and get the world title fight against Klitschko,” said Chisora.
“Yes, Fury beat me last time, but that was at the worst time of my career. You’re seeing the best of me now and there’s no way Fury can deal with that.
“He hasn’t moved on in his career since he beat me. I’ve been fighting at a higher level while he’s been fighting nobodies.
“This time I’ll dump him in a heap in the ring. He’s still got it in the back of his mind that he’s beaten me. He won a battle, I’m going to win the war.”
Fury said: “It’s set to be a great night in my home city, the night I earn my dream world title shot in front of my home fans.
“It means I have to go over old ground and batter Chisora again, but if that’s what has to be done, I’ll do it and in much better style this time.
“That fight was nearly three years ago, I’ve moved into world class since then and remained unbeaten.
“I’ll give it to him. Tubby has shifted that spare tyre around his waist and got himself into shape, but he can’t build muscle on his chin and when I land on it he’ll be knocked clean out.
“Get one thing clear, I’m getting the world title fight against Klitschko. I’m the best in Britain and you’ll see why on 26 July.”
Hall Of Fame promoter Frank Warren is equally excited about putting together the biggest domestic heavyweight rematch in recent years.
He said: “This is the big one for both men, it’s the fight for the right to face Klitschko for the world title and one of the best to be made on the world scene.
“The winner will become the number one challenger to Klitschko and he’ll be forced to face whoever that man is - Chisora or Fury.
“They are at the top of their game right now, and with everything on the line they will give it their all.
“Chisora desperately wants the Klitschko fight - Wladimir’s already pulled out of a fight against him - but if Chisora beats Fury then Klitschko will have no option but to fight him. Fury’s undefeated and is confident he’s got the beating of Chisora again.
“Things have changed since the fight almost three years ago and with the world title as the golden carrot I believe we are going to see something really special between them.”
Chisora and Fury headline a blockbuster show titled ‘The Fight For The Right’ at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester on Saturday July 26, promoted by Frank Warren in association with Queensberry Promotions and Hennessy Sports, and sponsored by Rainham Steel.
Tickets are available now, priced from £40, through Eventim on 0844 249 1000 or eventim.co.uk
Chisora v Fury will be televised live and exclusive on The Channel Of Champions BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/HD 490 and Virgin 546). Join at www.boxnation.com