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Tyson Fury-Dereck Chisora II moved to Nov. 29


Dereck Chisora And Tyson Fury Press Conference


The rematch between heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora at ExCel Arena in Dockland, London has been shifted from Nov. 22 to Nov. 29, according to Jose Izquierdo, general secretary of the WBO.

“In fact the fight was changed to Nov. 29,” said Izquierdo of the WBO eliminator for the right to face RING champion Wladimir Klitschko, who also holds the IBF and WBA belts. “It’s at the same venue but there has been a change in the date. They’re pushing it back a week.”

Chisora (20-4, 13 knockouts) was forced to withdraw five days before a scheduled July 26 rematch with Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) after suffering a fractured left hand in his final sparring session. That bout was slated for the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England.

The British boxers fought at Wembley Arena in July 2011 with Fury winning a unanimous decision. Both were unbeaten at the time, each entering with a 14-0 record.

Since facing Fury, Chisora has gone 6-3 with four knockouts. He has won five consecutive bouts, three by stoppage, and is coming off a unanimous decision over Kevin Johnson in February.

Since facing Chisora, Fury is 7-0 with six knockouts. In his last bout, Fury scored a fourth round stoppage of Joey Abell that followed a seventh round knockout of former RING cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham.

Promoted by Frank Warren, Fury-Chisora II will also feature a middleweight bout between southpaw Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr., according to a release by Warren.

Saunders, 25, was last in action for an eighth round knockout of Emanuele Blandamura in July and Eubank, the 24-year-old son of the former beltholder, will be after his 10th consecutive stoppage victory.

Eubank was last in action for a first round knockout of Ivan Jukic in July and has a scheduled bout against Jez Wilson on Oct. 25.

“This is a fabulous fight between two undefeated British fighters and it has all the ingredients to be a thriller. Both men have wanted the fight and I’m delighted that it’s going to be on the same show as another big domestic feud between Chisora vs. Fury. Saunders has done everything asked of him so far…and as he’s shown, the better the opponent the better he performs. This will certainly be the case against the young Eubank Jr. and he’ll take his game to another level.”

Eubank has been training at the Las Vegas-based gym of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“Eubank Jr. is undefeated and has looked sensational on his rise but now he’s stepping up to the plate to prove that he’s the real thing by facing the best in the division and that’s Saunders,” said Warren. “Their rivalry has been building up over the last few years and now it’s time for them to lay it all on the line and prove who is the best.”

Last week, the WBO ordered a 160-pound title fight between its 154-pound beltholder Demetrius Andrade and Matt Korobov, the mandatory challenger for the belt vacated by Peter Quillin.

Andrade was given the shot against Korobov over Saunders because Saunders has not fought a top-rated boxer “in more than a year,” the WBO’s general secretary Jose Izquierdo told

“While it was unfortunate that Saunders missed out on a shot at the WBO world title recently, I’ll be applying to the WBO for this fight to be made an eliminator for the world title,” said Warren. “With Chisora vs. Fury and Saunders vs. Eubank Jr. on the same show and with even more title fights to be announced over the coming days, this is going to be one big night of boxing in the capital.”



Undefeated Russian welterweight Konstantin Ponomarev (24-0, 12 KO) will face Cosme Rivera (37-18-3, 25 KOs) in Saturday’s main event at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Ariz, according to a Monday release from Top Rank Promotions and Iron Boy Promotions.

Heavyweight Andy Ruiz was forced to withdraw from his scheduled main event with former titleholder Sergei Liakhovich for family reasons, according to the release.

Also on the card, to be televised on UniMas’ “Solo Boxeo Tecate,” are match-ups featuring light heavyweight Trevor McCumby and middleweight Shane Mosley Jr.

Trained by Robert Garcia, light heavyweight Oleksandr Gvozdyk and two-time Olympian and welterweight Egidijus Kavaliauskas will also compete on the card.


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