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Fury vs Chisora II: British and European titles on the line, but fight not yet an official WBO eliminator

Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora may be fighting for a shot at Wladimir Klitschko on July 26, but the WBO has not received the paperwork and official request for an eliminator bout.

Andrew Redington
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora are set to meet again on July 26 in Manchester, but although promoter Frank Warren talked about the bout being a WBO eliminator for a shot at Wladimir Klitschko down the line, WBO President Francisco Valcarcel says that's not official yet, and he's not received the request from Warren.

"Once we have an official request, then it will take a week or two weeks to make a decision. When they send that official request, then we will send that to our committee, so there is nothing official. It was just a conversation," said Valcarcel, referring to a dialogue in Budapest, Hungary.

"They have to send in that request and then we have to consider it. Frank talked to me and said that he would request that the title be an eliminator but they have not done that yet officially. So as of now, that fight is only for Chisora's WBO International heavyweight title."

The fight makes plenty of sense as a final eliminator, so this may simply be waiting for the paperwork and the official decision. There would be good money -- and thus good sanctioning fees -- in a fight between Klitschko and the winner of this fight.

The British title will be on the line in the fight, as the BBBofC has already sanctioned the fight as a British title bout, and the European championship will also be up for grab. Chisora won the European title last September by beating Edmund Gerber, but has not defended yet.

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