Dereck Chisora to face former world title challenger Artur Szpilka on Dillian Whyte undercard


Dereck Chisora will face former world title challenger Artur Szpilka at the London O2 on July 20.

The fight has been added to the bill of Dillian Whyte’s blockbuster clash with unbeaten Colombian Oscar Rivas. 

Chisora, who bounced back from his second defeat against Whyte by comfortably outpointing Senad Gashi last time out, is hopeful that another win would put him back into contention for a title shot.

The British heavyweight is targeting showdowns with Joseph Parker and Oleksandr Usyk and has promised to deal with Szpilka in brutal fashion.

‘July 20 is not going to be an easy night in the office, I know that,’ Chisora said on Thursday.

‘Szpilka is an unpredictable come-forward southpaw, I will need to be in the best physical condition of my career to win this war, but I’m ready.

‘I’m a true fighter, I love the heat of the battlefield, I’m at my most comfortable when most fighters would want to quit. 

‘July 20 is going to be explosive, Szpilka won’t be hearing the final bell.’

His Polish opponent, who challenged Deontay Wilder for the WBC title back in 2016, is coming into the fight off the back of a good win over Mariusz Wach and is equally anticipating a close affair.

Szpilka added: ‘I chose this fight because we are both crazy men and it’s going to be a crazy fight!

‘Chisora is a good fighter, he is bull strong and he can box well. He turns up to every fight in great condition, so I know it is going to be a tough night for me. We are both warriors who like to fight, this will be violent.’


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