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Fury to renew Chisora rivalry

BOXING: Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora have been set on a collision course for a stadium showdown in June after Chisora's promoter Frank Warren announced he has agreed a deal to set up a big-money rematch between the heavyweight pair.

Fury, who is still promoted by Mick Hennessy, will fight on the same bill as Chisora at the Copper Box in London on February 15 with a view to the pair squaring off later in the year if both are successful on the night.

Fury beat Chisora on points in July 2011 to take his British and Commonwealth titles but has since suffered frustration after two consecutive bouts against now-retired rival David Haye fell through.

Warren said: "I'm delighted that Tyson and Mick are working with us and he'll have his first fight on the Copper Box Arena show on Saturday 15th February.

"The plan is for both of them to come through their fights on the night and then the pair will meet in a massive rematch in June.

"Because it's the biggest fight out there for them and it's a fight that the public want to see the only place for it to happen would be a football stadium, a real summer extravaganza between the big men of British boxing before the World Cup.

"Tyson beat Dereck a few years ago and since then both of them have come on. Tyson has done fantastically, winning both here and abroad, and has marked himself as one of the world's most exciting heavyweights."

 

CLARKE CHIPS IN

GOLF: A slimline Darren Clarke made a bright start to the Volvo Golf Champions in testing conditions at Durban Country Club today.

Former Open champion Clarke has lost almost three stone in weight in recent months as he looks to regain the sort of form which brought him a first major title at Royal St George's in 2011.

The 45-year-old has failed to record a single top-10 finish on the European Tour in the last two seasons and qualified for this limited-field event by virtue of his 14 career victories, along with Colin Montgomerie, Pádraig Harrington, Jose Maria Olazabal and Robert Karlsson.

The rest of the 36-strong field was made up of tournament winners in 2013 and 2014, and Clarke soon joined one such player, Denmark's Morten Madsen, at the top of the leaderboard. After missing from 25 feet for birdie on the first, Clarke's tee shot on the par-three second came up short of the green, but he chipped in from 20 yards.


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