A rematch between British heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora has been finalized, with the fight set for July 26 at Phones4u Arena in Manchester. The two first clashed in July 2011, with Fury winning a wide decision over Chisora.
The vacant British heavyweight title will be on the line, but the bigger prize is a shot at the WBO heavyweight title, currently held by Wladimir Klitschko, who also holds the IBF and WBA belts and is the rightful champion of the division.
"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," said Fury (22-0, 16 KO). "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."
"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 (20-4, 13 KO). "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."
Frank Warren will promote the fight, which should be among the biggest domestic battles of the year, and one of the biggest -- and on paper, one of the best -- heavyweight fights of 2014.
"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 made on the world scene," Warren said.
"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."