British heavyweight contender Tyson Fury probably will remain on the card Saturday at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester, England, and face a replacement opponent for injured Dereck Chisora.
Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) and Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) were supposed to meet in a rematch in the main event for Chisora’s European title and an eliminator to determine one of world champion Wladimir Klitschko’s mandatory challengers. However, Chisora, who lost a decision to Fury in 2011, withdrew Monday after suffering a fractured left hand Friday in his final sparring session.
While promoter Frank Warren announced that the Fury-Chisora fight would be rescheduled -- possibly in September -- Fury has put in a full training camp, and the decision was made to keep him on the card.
Warren and Hennessy Sports are looking for a last-minute opponent to face Fury, but even if they find one, don’t expect it to be a top-level fighter.
A frustrated Fury also saw a fight with former world titleholder David Haye called off twice in the past year because of Haye’s injuries.
“It’s very frustrating for me that another of my major fights has been canceled with my opponent pulling out injured,” Fury said. “I have been training for months to get ready for this fight and am in the best condition of my life, so for this to happen again -- for the third time in such a short space of time -- is a big blow. Nevertheless, I will be fighting this weekend, and my team will find an adequate replacement. Believe me, whoever I face on Saturday, they will be in big, big trouble, and I will take out my frustrations on them.”