Frank Warren has predicted Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora will get the nation in fighting mood ahead of the World Cup by throwing down inside a football stadium.
The pair have both been signed to a Feb. 15 card, per ESPN, which is headlined by Chisora’s European title showdown with Andriy Rudenko.
As long as both men emerge unscathed, Warren knows a rematch for the European belt would carry enough spice to attract a large British audience:
The plan is for both of them to come through their fights [on Feb. 15], 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.
The most likely choice of football stadium would be West Ham’s Boleyn Ground, which often gets used for big boxing events. Indeed, London-based Chisora has experience of fighting at the venue, having lost there to David Haye back in July 2012.
A fight between Fury and Chisora, in stark truth, would not warrant the same crowd. Chisora is a man who continuously fails against top opposition, and has previously dropped a decision to Fury.
That defeat sparked a run of four losses in five fights for the 30-year-old, who regularly talks a big game but frequently fails to deliver.
The nature of his loss to Fury was extremely one-sided. Fury showboated throughout the fight and still took home a unanimous decision, with no judge scoring it closer than 117-112, according to Boxrec.
Fury, too, appears short of world-level quality, despite his unbeaten record. In his last outing, the Brit was dropped badly by Steve Cunningham—a natural cruiserweight aged 37 who gave away considerable size advantage.
However, a European title would bring prestige to the occasion, and the likely trash talk between the pair would surely develop huge interest as the fight draws closer.
Warren also believes the winner would be well on his way to a world title fight, given Vitali Klitschko’s recent decision to vacate the WBC belt, per ESPN:
Chisora versus Fury is the biggest fight out there and it could certainly be a world title eliminator, but plans can be upset.
Chisora has by no means an easy fight against a hard and undefeated Ukrainian in Rudenko who's knocked out 16 of 24 opponents.
Fight Now! TV reporter Brigitte Truong predicts a big year for Fury:
From a business perspective, the fight makes good sense for both fighters. Chisora gets a big payday while he can still attract punters, while Fury can pick up a European title against an opponent he has already schooled once.
Fury has been inactive since April 2013 due to multiple withdrawals by David Haye, a fight in which Fury had been favourite to lose.
Against Chisora, he will be an almighty favourite. If he can secure a big win in front of an entire football stadium, momentum will be behind his calls for a world title shot.