Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury will finally settle their differences once and for all in a bumper night of international boxing at London’s ExCel arena on November, exclusively live on BoxNation.
The bitter rivals have built up a lot of anger and frustration over the postponement of their re-match in July and are now set to battle it out in an explosive battle for the European and cacant British titles, which also acts as a final Eliminator for the WBO World Heavyweight Title.
Both fighters are ready to settle their score as they go face-to-face for the right to go up against the undisputed king of the heavyweight division Wladimir Klitschko.
Chisora, 30, and unbeaten Fury, 25, were due to meet in a hugely anticipated July clash which was postponed after Chisora broke his hand in his final spar while facing Alexander Ustinov.
The 6ft 8in Belarusian as then drafted in as Chisora’s replacement, but Fury was unfortunately forced to withdraw on the day of the fight after his uncle and first trainer Hughie was taken seriously ill.
Now they’re set to do battle at London’s ExCel Arena as the stakes remain the same, with Chisora risking his European title, while the vacant British crown is also up for grabs.
But, more importantly, the winner of this massive heavyweight showdown knows they’ll earn the right to face Ukrainian legend Klitschko for the WBO world title.
For Zimbabwe-born Londoner Chisora, this re-match with Fury also presents a chance to avenge his first career defeat which came at the hands of his opponent when they met in July 2011.
Chisora was out of shape and un-focused that night and the 30-year-old puncher has gone on to become involve in some of the division’s biggest fights in recent years, including taking Vitali Klitschko the distance in Munich and a huge all-British showdown against David Haye.
On that night, Chisora had Fury in serious trouble in the second round as he wobbled the tall and imposing Mancunian, however, the then 23-year-old, who comes from tough fighting stock, recovered well to eventually take a narrow unanimous decision and take away Chisora’s British and Commonwealth titles, as well as his unbeaten record.
Since their first meeting, the two popular heavyweights have gone in different directions. While Chisora bounced back to become involved in huge bouts against Vitali Klitschko and David Haye, Fury continued to build his record from the 15-0, which he reached after beating Chisora, to today’s 22-0 career slate.
Come fight night on Saturday, both men will be mentally and physically primed to perfection for the biggest domestic heavyweight rematch in recent years and with so much riding on the outcome, both men are ready to put everything on the line to emerge the winner.
Promoter Frank Warren commented: “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 November 22 at the ExCeL London.
“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.”
European champion Chisora said: “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.”
Undefeated challenger Fury added: “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 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.”
Also on a stellar fight card at ExCel will be the clash beteween unbeaten British middleweight stars Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr in what promises to be a huge grudge match between the two, before the main event on Saturday.
Former Olympian Saunders, 25, and Eubank Jr, 24, have been on a collision course after a trading insults and calling each other out repeatedly, including after their respective wins live on BoxNation back in July.
Now the stage is set for a massive showdown as both men put their unbeaten records on the line, while Hatfield ace Saunders also risks the British, Commonwealth and European Middleweight titles, the latter of which he won with a hard fought win over Emanuele Blandamura last time out.
For Eubank, this fight presents a big step up in the calibre of opponent, with the charismatic and egotistical 24-year-old following in his father’s footsteps by making waves both inside and outside the ring with his bizarre behaviour and endless confidence.
While heavy-handed Saunders has already claimed the unbeaten records of four fighters en route to becoming the British, Commonwealth, WBO International and European Champion, prospect Eubank Jr is yet to win a title or take victory over an unbeaten opponent so far, so his fight with Saunders is a huge step up.
Also on the night at ExCel, Liam Walsh takes on Gary Sykes for the British and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight title, Mitchell Smith goes up against Zoltan Kovacs for the vacant WBO European Super-Featherweight Title, Frank Buglioni is in action against Andrew Robinson for the vacant European Super-Middleweight title, while Frankie Gavin and Bradley Skeete face off for the British and Commonwealth Welterweight title.
It is the rematch most boxing wanted and everything is on the line in London this Saturday for the biggest British heavyweight fight in years as Tyson Fury faces Dereck Chisora, exclusively live on BoxNation.
BoxNation will have all the action from this blockbuster night of big time British boxing as it screens exclusively live coverage of Dereck Chisora’s re-match with Tyson Fury, plus Billy Joe Saunders’ face-off against Chris Eubank Jr.
Jim Rosenthal will present the subscription boxing channel’s coverage alongside special guests including regulars Steve Bunce and Steve Lillis, as well as former world champion Enzo Maccarinelli and ex-middleweight fighter Gary Lockett, while big fight commentary is led by John Rawling and Barry Jones.
The first hour of BoxNation’s live broadcast from ExCel Arena on Saturday night will be free-to-view for non-channel subscribers from 7.00pm, before coverage goes encrypted at 8.00pm.
Fans are advised that if they want to see the fight to book their subscription with the channel (see details below) well in advance of fight night itself to ensure they can see the night’s action.
In addition to all the action from bumper fight night, BoxNation viewers will be able to watch a wide variety of support programming and live preview shows during the week building up to Saturday.
This includes Countdown Live every night from Tuesday to Thursday which will have all the latest news and previews ahead of the action on Saturday night, a series of Best Of compilations featuring the best fights from all four boxers featured at the top of the bill, as well as behind-the-scenes documentaries.
Bunce’s Boxing Hour, hosted by the popular boxing journalist and broadcaster Steve Bunce, will have the final word ahead of Saturday’s fight night with special guests live in the studio and interviews, airing on Friday evening from 7.00pm.
Numerous replays of Bad Blood will be shown across BoxNation in the days after the event, with the first showing on Sunday morning at 10.00am.
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Tuesday 25th November Bad Blood: Countdown Live 7.00pm-7.30pm BoxNation (free-to-view) Bad Blood: Chisora v Fury I 7.30pm-8.30pm BoxNation
Wednesday 26th November Bad Blood: Countdown Live 7.00pm-7.30pm BoxNation (free-to-view) Bad Blood: Best of Fury 7.30pm-9.30pm BoxNation
Thursday 27th November Bad Blood: Countdown Live 7.00pm-7.30pm BoxNation (free-to-view) Bad Blood: Best of Chisora 8.30pm-10.30pm BoxNation Bad Blood: Best of Eubank Jr 8.30pm-10.30pm BoxNation
Friday 28th November Bad Blood: Weigh-in LIVE: 1.50pm Boxnation.com (online) Bunce’s Boxing Hour LIVE: 7.00pm-8.00pm BoxNation Bad Blood: Best of Eubank Jr 8.00pm-10.00pm BoxNation
Saturday 29th November
BAD BLOOD: DERECK CHISORA v TYSON FURY II
LIVE: 7.00pm-12.20am BoxNation (free-to-view 7.00pm-8.00pm)