Dereck Chisora is set to take on Tyson Fury at the Manchester Arena on July 26, promoter Frank Warren has confirmed.
Warren revealed the details on talkSPORT before posting a promotional image on Twitter:
The announcement comes swiftly after George Groves' rematch with Carl Froch was dated for May 29, confirming an exciting few months for the British boxing scene.
Fury will step into the ring for the second time this year after his powerful TKO of Joey Abell, while Chisora follows up his win over Kevin Johnson against his giant compatriot.
While both fighters enjoyed simple victories at London's Copper Box Arena on Feb. 15, this contest is likely to be a lot closer. It will certainly draw greater contrasts in the crowd, who are likely to support one fighter more fervently than the other.
Fury's big moment was supposed to come before this, but his clash with David Haye never went ahead. The 25-year-old is notoriously brazen on social media and reacted quickly after Warren's announcement with a tweet that may be considered NSFW:
"Journey man Chisora will go no where this time. KO! Then the rest of the Ass wipes next," wrote Fury.
While publicly confident at all times, Fury certainly possesses an advantage going into the bout. He beat Chisora on a points decision as recently as July 2011 and may feel he is covering old ground by facing the 30-year-old once more.
Victory over Haye would have propelled Fury to world recognition, but he has been forced to take a more arduous route.
Whoever emerges victorious is expected to land a major reward, as reported by ESPN:
"The winner of the bout between Britain's leading heavyweights should secure a shot at WBO, IBF and WBA champion Wladimir Klitschko."
Such a prize will be motivation enough for both fighters to enter the ring in the form of their lives. A second loss for Chisora is likely to crush his dreams of ever taking on Wladimir Klitschko, while Fury is sprightly enough to work himself back up the rankings if he succumbs to defeat.
Fury's size, reach and power make him favourite once again. Chisora doesn't possess the speed to get in, pick his shot and get out, so he'll need to conjure up a cunning strategy if he is to overcome his undefeated rival.
This is set to be another thrilling event on the British boxing calendar, as fans now turn toward the announcement of Amir Khan's next opponent to round off an action-packed schedule.
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