Tyson Fury will face Dereck Chisora in an all-British WBO eliminator clash on July 26 for the right to face RING, IBF WBA and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko, according to the Associated Press.
While the Chisora-Fury WBO bout was officially announced on the Twitter account of Queensberry Promotions' Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv), RingTV.com's Tom Gray reported in January that a rematch between Fury (22-0, 16 knockouts) and Chisora (20-4, 13 knockouts) had been all but finalized.
The British contenders last squared off at Wembley Arena in July of 2011 with Fury winning a unanimous decision.
"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," said Fury, 25, of a bout that is scheduled to be hosted at Phones 4u Arena in Manchester.
"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 tire 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.:
Their first meeting was a clash of unbeatens which Chisora entered with a mark of 14-0 that included nine knockouts.
Since facing to Fury, Chisora has gone 6-3, with four knockouts, falling to Robert Helenius and Vitali Klitschko by split- and unanimous decision, and being stopped in the fifth round by David Haye.
Chisora has won five consecutive bouts, three of them by stoppage, and is coming off last month's unanimous decision over Kevin Johnson.
"Tyson Fury is in my way, and I’m going to smash him out of it and get the world title fight against Klitschko. Yes, Fury beat me last time, but that was at the worst time of my career," said Chisora, 30.
"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 scored four knockdowns during last month's fourth-round stoppage of Joey Abell that followed a seventh-round knockout of former RING cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham, who dropped Fury in the second round of their fight last April.
"Get one thing clear," said Fury. "I'm getting the world title fight against Klitschko. I'm the best in Britain, and you'll see why on July 26."