Thursday, October 24, 2013
Chisora's first Euro defense set
By Dan Rafael
England's Dereck Chisora, who won the European heavyweight title on Sept. 21 by dominating and stopping Edmund Gerber in the fifth round, is set for his first defense.
The 29-year-old Chisora (18-4, 12 KOs), scheduled to fight Nov. 30 in London, got his opponent on Thursday: Italian national champion Matteo Modugno (14-0, 8 KOs).
Modugno has fought only once in the United States, with the rest of his bouts having taken place in Italy. The 6-foot-1 Chisora, a former world title challenger (a 2012 points loss to Vitali Klitschko), will be the first name opponent for the 6-foor-6½ Modugno.
Chisora, as always, is talking a big game.
"Modugno won't be going the distance with me," Chisora said. "He's getting smashed early. He's young, hungry and undefeated, and he'll come over here looking to take me out, but that's not happening. I'm packing him back to Italy battered and broken.
"This is my comeback year and there's no way he's going to ruin my road back to the world title."
Chisora has won three fights so far in 2013 after three consecutive defeats in 2012 and 2011: the Klitschko fight plus a knockout loss to former world titlist David Haye and a highly controversial decision to Robert Helenius in Helenius' home country of Finland.
Also on the card, British and Commonwealth middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, a 2008 British Olympian, will defend his belts. His opponent hasn't been determined.