HBO, Showtime and ESPN all could have had the fight and didn’t pick it up. It’s a fight that would have been right in the Epix wheelhouse, but that network is now out of the boxing business.
Thank goodness for AWE (formerly WealthTV), which has been picking up various fights from Europe and on Thursday announced that it had made a deal for one of the most interesting fights of the summer.
It will offer live coverage of the all-British Tyson Fury-Dereck Chisora heavyweight rematch on July 26 from the Phones4u Arena in Manchester, England. The fight will also be streamed on the AWE website, but only available to existing members, according to the network.
The fight is for Chisora’s European title and the vacant British title but the bigger stakes are the fact the winner will also become a mandatory challenger for world champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Fury (22-0, 16 KOs), 25, and Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs), 30, first met in July 2011 in a much-hyped showdown and they engaged in an exciting fight, although Fury pounded his way to a clear decision against an obviously out of shape Chisora -- who suffered his first loss -- to win the British and Commonwealth titles.
Fury and Chisora, who have relentlessly trash-talked each other, appeared on the same card on Feb. 15 and each recorded victories to pave their way into the rematch.
"We are ecstatic to bring this five-star fight to the fans,” AWE CEO Robert Herring said in announcing the acquisition. “This fight has so many storylines that range from the great first fight to two guys that really dislike each other to the belts and of course a shot at Klitschko. There will be a winner in the ring but the big winners will be the fans of the United States who will get to witness this can't miss heavyweight fight on AWE.”