Dereck Chisora to face Malik Scott
Former heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora of England will face Philadelphia's Malik Scott on July 20 at Wembley Arena in London, promoter Frank Warren announced on Thursday.
Warren also announced that Carl Frampton of Northern Ireland, one of boxing's rising junior-featherweight contenders, would appear on the undercard against an opponent to be determined after parting ways with rival British promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.
Chisora was originally scheduled to fight on June 15 but Warren prematurely announced that he would be facing American Deontay Wilder, the 2008 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist. The deal was not finalized when Warren made the announcement, mainly because Wilder was arrested in early May and his legal issues would have interfered with his travel to England.
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With no opponent locked in for Chisora to fight in the main event, Warren postponed the show. This week, he finalized a deal with Scott's promoter, Dan Goossen.
"We have made offers to many of the top heavyweights, but it was Scott who called Chisora out and wants the fight, so now he's got his wish," Warren said.
Warren said he made offers to former title challengers Manuel Charr, Tomasz Adamek and Fres Oquendo, as well as England's unbeaten Tyson Fury, but they all turned down the fight.
Scott, however, expressed interest in the fight after the Wilder debacle and Warren and Goossen quickly struck a deal.
"These are the type of fights that get you that next level," Goossen said. "Dereck has a great name and has been in there with great fighters. He went the distance with (heavyweight titleholder) Vitali Klitschko and he got robbed against Robert Helenius (in a European title fight). It's a very good fight for Malik. It's the type of fight he needs right now."
Scott (35-0-1, 12 KOs), 32, is coming off a heavily disputed split draw against Vyacheslav Glazkov, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist from Russia, on Feb. 23.
The 29-year-old Chisora (16-4, 10 KOs), 29, who lost three consecutive fights -- the title fight to Klitschko, the controversial decision to Helenius and a fifth-round knockout to former titleholder David Haye -- got back in the win column on April 20, stopping journeyman Hector Alfredo Avila in the ninth round at Wembley Arena.
"I can't wait for the fight," Chisora said. "Scott is a great name to have on my record. He's big (6-foot-4, 225 pounds), unbeaten and dangerous. I'm just looking forward to going out there and doing a real good job on him. I'm disappointed that the other guys turned the opportunity down, but I will make a real statement against Scott and show that I'm back on track for the world title (opportunity)."
Frampton (16-0, 11 KOs), 26, has been building his resume on Hearn cards, including solid victories in his past two fights, a sixth-round knockout of former junior featherweight titleholder Steve Molitor in September and a ninth-round knockout of former European champion Kiko Martinez in February.
Hearn said the split with Frampton stemmed from problems with his manager, Hall of Fame former featherweight champion Barry McGuigan.
"We have enjoyed our time working with Carl Frampton as promoter of his boxing career," Hearn said in a statement. "However, after the success of the last Frampton fight, we were informed by (manager and Hall of Fame former featherweight champion) Barry McGuigan that he wanted to be joint promoter in future Frampton fights.
"Whilst we had no problem whatsoever in agreeing (on) purses for Carl Frampton, we felt that such a relationship with Barry McGuigan represented a potential conflict of interest with Barry's role as Carl's manager and we could therefore not agree to be involved on this basis."
In leaving Hearn, Frampton will be switching television networks from the Hearn-controlled dates on Sky Sports to the all-boxing subscription channel BoxNation that Warren is heavily invoved with.
"I'm really excited to be on the show at Wembley and for the opportunity to be showcased on great channel like BoxNation," Frampton said. "I want to be a world champion and BoxNation will give me the platform to do it. I've got to keep winning and doing the business, but this is great time for me."
Said Warren: "I'm really pleased that Carl will be on the Wembley Arena show on a great night of action with some of Britain's best boxers. Carl has impressed me with his thrilling performances and is a world-class fighter on the verge of fighting for the world title."McGuigan told ESPN.com that the move was simply because they got a better offer.
"After the Martinez fight, our negotiations with Eddie Hearn ground to a halt and as a result Carl has been inactive. This is not acceptable," McGuigan said. "We took the decision to move to another network because we got a substantially better offer and, importantly, more freedom to plot Carl's accent to the top of world boxing.
"Our aim is to get Carl into a mandatory (position) for a world title within the next two fights, win the title, have our fights at home and then take him to America and make him a star."