British boxing stars Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora have agreed to reschedule their rematch for Nov. 22 after an encounter set for July had to be called off due to injury.
The Press Association (via The Observer) reports Chisora is on pace with his recovery from a fractured hand and will be ready to go in November. It also passed along comments from promoter Frank Warren about finally reaching a new deal.
"It's been a rollercoaster few weeks, but I'm delighted to say that the fight is definitely on with Chisora and Fury ready to clash on Saturday 22nd November at the ExCeL London," he said. "It was an extremely unfortunate set of circumstances that caused Chisora to pull out with a fractured hand."
Despite the announcement, Chris McKenna of the Daily Star still isn't overly confident the fight will actually take place as planned:
Dereck Chisora v Tyson Fury rescheduled for November 22 at London's Excel. Chisora's hand still recovering. I wouldn't book a hotel yet.— Chris McKenna (@cmckennasport) August 9, 2014
Another setback would be a disappointment given all of the hype the potential fight has garnered.
Interest in another fight between the two was immediate following their first meeting back in 2011. Fury won that bout by unanimous decision, but it was a solid fight between the British rivals as they continued to work up the heavyweight ladder.
Fury has maintained a middling level of competition since that point and will head into the November match with a 22-0 career record. His most recent win came over Joey Abell in February.
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Chisora got an opportunity to challenge for the WBC heavyweight title shortly after the loss to Fury, but he lost to Vitali Klitschko. He enters the rematch on a five-fight winning streak.
Sky Sports provided his remarks about the injury, the rematch and what could lie ahead.
"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,” Chisora said.
"I just want to fight Fury, get revenge, beat him good and proper, and move on to fight Wladimir Klitschko for the world title."
Assuming the fight goes on as scheduled, it could very well become one of the most memorable fights of the year. Fury wants to make a major statement by backing up his win in the initial meeting, and Chisora clearly wants revenge and a title shot.
Of course, it's fair to remain skeptical about the rematch given the issues that have prevented it from happening so far. There are still more than three months until the fight, so its status is something worth tracking in the weeks ahead.