Dereck Chisora seeks new opponent

1/16/2014 - Boxing

European heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora is on the hunt for a new opponent for his Feb. 15 defense at the Copper Box Arena in London after Andriy Rudenko of Ukraine withdrew from the bout because of an injury on Thursday.

Rudenko (24-0, 16 KOs) suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during a training session this week, forcing him to pull out of the fight, according to Chisora's promoter, Frank Warren.

Warren said that Chisora still would headline the bill and that the search for a new opponent was on.

"We're disappointed to hear that Rudenko has suffered this serious injury and has had to withdraw. It's very unfortunate but these things happen and we have to move on and secure Chisora a new challenger for his European title," Warren said. "We have some names that we are working and will look to announce the name very shortly."

Fellow British heavyweight contender Tyson Fury, who outpointed Chisora in 2011, is also slated to be on the card against an opponent to be determined. Victories by Chisora (19-4, 13 KOs), a former world title challenger, and Fury (21-0, 15 KOs) could lead to a summer rematch, which would be a highly significant fight for British boxing and would put the winner in a good position to get a world title fight.