Chisora-Fury fight set for July

Updated: March 17, 2014, 1:57 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

British heavyweight contenders Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora will meet again, and this time with a lot more at stake.

Fury and Chisora will square off in a rematch on July 26 at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester, England, with the winner becoming the mandatory challenger for one of the world title belts held by Wladimir Klitschko, promoter Frank Warren announced at a news conference Monday.

"This is the big one for both men," Warren said. "It's the fight for the right to face Klitschko for the world title and one of the best to be made on the world scene. The winner will become the No. 1 challenger to Klitschko and he'll be forced to face whoever that man is, Chisora or Fury."

Fury and Chisora first met in July 2011 in much-hyped showdown and engaged in an exciting fight, although Fury pounded his way to a clear decision against an obviously out of shape Chisora -- who suffered his first loss -- to win the British and Commonwealth titles.

With an eye toward making a rematch, Warren, who promotes Chisora, made a deal with Fury promoter Mick Hennessy to have both fighters appear in separate bouts on Feb. 15 in London with the idea that if they both won they would fight again.

Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs), 30, dropped American Kevin Johnson in the fifth round and rolled to a lopsided decision in the main event. In the co-feature, Fury (22-0, 16 KOs), 25, blitzed American Joey Abell in a fourth-round knockout.

With Chisora and Fury, both among boxing's best trash talkers, safely through their tune-up fights, the rematch is on.

"Tyson Fury is in my way and I'm going to smash him out of it and get the world title fight against Klitschko," said the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Chisora. "Yes, Fury beat me last time, but that was at the worst time of my career. You're seeing the best of me now and there's no way Fury can deal with that."

Chisora has already had one world title shot. He was soundly outpointed by Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir's older brother, who recently retired, in 2012. Although Chisora got knocked out in his next fight by countryman and former titleholder David Haye in the fifth round, he has won five fights in a row since and claimed the European title.

"He hasn't moved on in his career since he beat me," Chisora said. "I've been fighting at a higher level while he's been fighting nobodies. This time I'll dump him in a heap in the ring. He's still got it in the back of his mind that he's beaten me, he won a battle. I'm going to win the war."

Since beating Chisora, Fury has won seven more fights in a row, including also easily outpointing Johnson and stopping former cruiserweight titlist Steve Cunningham in the seventh round last April despite being knocked down and badly hurt in the second round.

"It's set to be a great night in my home city, the night I earn my dream world title shot in front of my home fans," said the 6-9, 250-pound Fury, who was born in Manchester. "It means I have to go over old ground and batter Chisora again, but if that's what has to be done, I'll do it and in much better style this time. That [first] fight was nearly three years ago. I've moved into world class since then and remained unbeaten.

"I'll give it to him, Tubby has shifted that spare tire around his waist and got himself into shape, but he can't build muscle on his chin and when I land on it he'll be knocked clean out. Get one thing clear: I'm getting the world title fight against Klitschko. I'm the best in Britain and you'll see why on July 26."

In addition to being a world title eliminator, the vacant British title will also be at stake in the rematch, Warren said.

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