Heavyweight Tyson Fury will finally meet Dereck Chisora in their return bout on Nov. 22 at ExCel London, according to a release.
Chisora (20-4, 13 knockouts) was forced to withdraw five days before a scheduled July 26 rematch with Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) after suffering a fractured left hand in his final sparring session. That bout was slated for the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester, England.
At first, the nearly 6-foot-8 Alexander Ustinov (29-1, 21 KOs), was named to replace Chisora. But on the night before the event, Fury’s uncle and first pro trainer, Hughie, became ill and Fury was withdrawn by his other uncle and current trainer, Peter.
“It’s been a roller-coaster few weeks, but I’m delighted to say that the fight is definitely on with Chisora and Fury ready to clash on Saturday Nov. 22 at the ExCeL London,” said promoter Frank Warren.
“It was an extremely unfortunate set of circumstances that caused Chisora to pull out with a fractured hand, and then Fury’s uncle’s tragic condition. Despite the setbacks, they were both determined to fight each other, and I believe that we could see a genuine, old-fashioned ring-war between them.”
Fury-Chisora is a WBO eliminator for the right to face RING champion Wladimir Klitschko, also the holder of the RING, IBF and WBA belts.
The British contenders last squared off at Wembley Arena in July 2011, with Fury winning a unanimous decision. Both were unbeaten at the time, both entering with 14-0 records.
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. He has won five consecutive bouts, three of them by stoppage, and is coming off last month’s unanimous decision over Kevin Johnson.
“The important thing is we have a new date for the fight. It’s on, and Fury and I will finally give the fans what they want to see, which is a fight. What happened with my hand has happened, and the timing of the injury was terrible,” said Chisora.
“It couldn’t have happened at a worse time, and, of course, Fury had personal issues going on with him. I just want to fight Fury, get revenge, beat him good and proper, and move on to fight Klitschko for the world title.”
Since facing Chisora, Fury is 7-0 with six knockouts. In his last bout, Fury scored four knockdowns during a 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.
“Chisora is now going to get a beating twice as bad than the one that he was going to get for pulling out. All Chisora is to me is an obstacle, and I’ve got to smash through him to get where I want to be,” said Fury.
“And that’s fighting for the world title. He’s messed me around, and now I’m going to make him pay. I’m happy for the fans who will get to see me crush Chisora for second and final time and send him into retirement.”
WILLIE NELSON DECISIONS LUIS GRAJEDA
Junior middleweight Willie Nelson (23-1-1, 13 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Luis Grajeda (17-3-2, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada.
Nelson has now won seven straight fights, and was coming off a first-round stoppage of Darryl Cunningham in June. His lone defeat was by majority decision to Vincent Arroyo in April 2011.
In the co-feature, super middleweight Jason Escalera (15-2-1, 12 KOs) won a unanimous decision Norbert Nemesapati (14-1, 13 KOs).
In the opening bout, 6-foot-6 Chinese heavyweight Zhang Zhilei, a 2008 Olympic silver medalist fighting in his pro debut, knocked out Curtis Lee Tate in 17 seconds.