Saturday 25 March 2017

Boxing: Chisora's Klitschko bout re-arranged

Dereck Chisora will get his shot at world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on April 30 after last month's bout was called off.

Klitschko, the IBF, WBO and Ring magazine champion, had been due to defend his belts against untested Londoner Chisora on December 11 in Germany until a stomach injury forced him to pull out at the last minute.

British and Commonwealth champion Chisora was always hopeful he would still get his chance and it was confirmed today they will meet in the spring, with Germany still hosting the bout.

The news leaves WBA champion David Haye's future unclear. Chisora's fellow Londoner has been in protracted negotiations with Klitschko over a unification bout and they had looked like meeting in April or May until today's announcement.

"This news is a fantastic late Christmas present," Chisora said.

"I always believed that I would fight Klitschko, and my faith has been repaid. I was a bit worried that he might try and fight an easier touch, but I think I've earned my opportunity.

"I was gutted when Wladimir pulled out of our fight just a couple of days beforehand.

"But now I've got another chance to take his titles away.

"He's a great world champion, but his time at the top is well and truly up.

"My promoter Frank Warren has done a great job in getting me this opportunity because there was no guarantee Wladimir would fight me again after he got injured."

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