Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora will resume their heavyweight British rivalry in a rematch on December 22nd held at London’s O2 Arena.
The London-based duo will clash in the capital just over two years since their last bout. Whyte claimed victory against Chisora in a contender for ‘fight of the year’ in December 2016 via a hotly disputed split decision.
“I believe that I’ll knock him out in devastating fashion this time,” said Dillian Whyte.
“Last time was my first 12 rounder and I was a little bit inexperienced, but this time I’ll know exactly what to do. He’s at the end of the road.”
Derek Chisora also ensured his name remained in the heavyweight conversation with a stunning KO victory against the hard-headed Carlos Takam.
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“I’m not messing, I’m not playing at boxing,” said Chisora at Thursday’s press conference, “It’s gonna be fireworks, we’re not gonna try and box, we are going to war”
If a war is what the British public are given then it will have to be a particularly brutal one to match the quality of the first fight in which both men were noticeably hurt and completely exhausted in the closing stages.
“The first fight was one of the best fights I’ve ever seen,” said the fights promoter, Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn when speaking to IFL TV.
“The second fight can’t be any different, what are they gonna do, dance around? No, its gonna be an all-out war, I think, honestly, it’ll be better than the first fight”
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The rematch will be shown on Sky Sports box office and will clash with the Frank Warren promoted featherweight clash between champion, Josh Warrington and challenger, Carl Frampton.
Should Dillian Whyte beat Chisora, we could likely see him being a front-runner to face Anthony Joshua who has an open spot for an opponent at Wembley Stadium on April 13th.
Should Chisora get revenge for the last fight and produce what many would consider an upset victory against Whyte, then he would surely move up the rankings for many of the governing bodies and could even secure himself spots in title eliminators, or even a decider to finally settle this brutal British feud.
Words: George Robson | Subbing: Lee Pearson