Fight snafu postpones London card

Updated: May 22, 2013, 3:10 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Promoter Frank Warren announced Wednesday that his card at London's Wembley Arena on June 15 has been postponed until July 20.

The card was postponed because the main event that Warren announced on May 9 -- a heavyweight fight between former world title challenger Dereck Chisora of England and American prospect Deontay Wilder, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist -- was premature.

Golden Boy Promotions, Wilder's promoter, said it had not finalized a deal for Wilder to face Chisora, but Warren still announced it. He said he believed he had a deal. Wilder, however, had been arrested a few days earlier, and there were legal issues preventing the fight from being signed.

Now the fight is off, but Warren said Wednesday that Chisora would still headline on the new date against a new opponent. Chisora has no opponent yet, but Warren said he has made offers to England's Tyson Fury, former world title challenger Manuel Charr (whose June fight with former titlist David Haye was postponed because of a Haye injury) and former contender Fres Oquendo.

"I've had to postpone the show by five weeks because of the problems encountered with Wilder's arrest after we were informed that he was OK to fight Chisora on the original date," Warren said. "The postponement to July 20 will allow time to secure an opponent for Chisora."

Chisora (16-4, 10 KOs) lost a spirited, albeit lopsided decision to world titleholder Vitali Klitschko in February 2012 and then got knocked out in the fifth round of his next fight against Haye last July. Chisora returned on April 20 and knocked out journeyman Hector Alfredo Avila in the ninth round.

"I just want to fight again, and I'm hungry for another world title opportunity," Chisora said. "I'm confident that I have all the tools to beat Wilder, and it's a shame I can't show it this time, but sooner or later we will clash and I will knock him out. I'm concentrating on my next fight, and whoever is in front of me on July 20 is going to take a beating."

Another bout from the June 15 card was also be moved to the new date, including British welterweight champion Frankie Gavin (15-0, 11 KOs) facing Commonwealth champion Denton Vassell (20-0, 10 KOs) to unify their belts.