European heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora finished his 2013 campaign Saturday with a win. On Monday, he got his next fight date -- Feb. 8.
England's Chisora stopped Ondrej Pala in the third round Saturday at the Copper Box Arena in London and Chisora (19-4, 13 KOs) will return there for his next fight, although his opponent has not been determined.
Theoretically, Chisora would defend his European belt against countryman David Price in a mandatory. A purse bid has already been held, but Price is unlikely to accept the terms as he recently signed with German promoter Sauerland Event and is trying to rebuild after back-to-back knockout losses to Tony Thompson. A Chisora fight is just not part of that plan for him to ease back into things.
Chisora would like to face countryman Tyson Fury, who outpointed an out-of-shape Chisora in July 2011. But Fury will also likely go in another direction.
Whomever he faces, Chisora is happy to be in the midst of another winning streak and hopes to land another world title fight in 2014.
"I'm happy with the win on Saturday night against Pala and now I'm focused on finally becoming world champion next year and bringing the world title back to Britain," Chisora said. "Pala gave it a good go and did land some shots early on, but remember -- he was the third replacement opponent and then when I turned on the power in the third round I got him out of there. I'm pleased with the performance but there is still plenty of room for improvement.
"I've got myself into fantastic condition and I'm doing the business in the ring. Now it's all steam ahead for the world title. I don't care who's in the opposite corner on Feb. 8. It can be David Price or Tyson Fury. I want that world title and if either of them are in my way they are getting knocked out."
After a three-fight losing streak in 2011 and 2012 (including a decision loss to Vitali Klitschko in a world title fight), Chisora rebounded this year to win four consecutive fights, all by knockout, and win the vacant European title in September by stopping Edmund Gerber in the fifth round.