The rematch between British heavyweight contenders Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora has been rescheduled for Nov. 22 at the ExCel Arena in London, promoter Frank Warren announced on Saturday.
Fury and Chisora were supposed to meet on July 26 in Manchester, England, for the right to become one of world champion Wladimir Klitschko's mandatory challengers, as well as for Chisora's European title. However, Chisora fractured his left hand during his final sparring session eight days before the fight, causing it to be postponed.
With Chisora out, Fury was matched on short notice against Alexander Ustinov, the man against whom Chisora has been sparring when he suffered the injury. That fight, not an eliminator, was canceled on the day of the bout when Fury pulled out when an uncle took ill and was hospitalized.
"It's been a rollercoaster few weeks, but I'm delighted to say that the fight is definitely on with Chisora and Fury ready to clash," Warren said. "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 (22-0, 16 KOs), 25, and Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs), 30, first met in July 2011 in a much-hyped showdown and 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.
They relentlessly trash-talked each other before that fight and continued the war of words going into the rematch before it was postponed. Expect more of the same now that the fight has been rescheduled.
"Chisora is now going to get a beating twice as bad than the one that he was going to get for pulling out," Fury said. "All Chisora is to me is an obstacle and I've got to smash through him to get where I want to be, 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 the second and final time and send him into retirement."
Said Chisora: "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, a fight. What happened with my hand has happened and the timing of the injury was terrible. 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."