Chisora EBU title shot moves closer as Pulev vacates
Heavyweight Dereck Chisora will gain another chance to conquer Europe on September 21 following the decision by EBU title holder Kubrat Pulev to give up his belt in pursuit of a world title.
Pulev, 32 is taking on highly-rated Tony Thompson this weekend in Germany for the chance to challenge Wladimir Klitschko or Alexander Povetkin in 2014 and has informed the European Boxing Union of his decision this week.
That means 29 year-old Chisora, being the recently confirmed mandatory challenger, will be able to schedule his next fight for the coveted title when he returns to action next month at Copper Box.
In his last ring appearance, Chisora ended American Malik Scott’s long-standing unbeaten record and will see claiming the European title as another stepping stone to sealing a second world title shot following his defeat to Vitali Klitschko in 2012.
‘Del Boy’ has fought for the blue belt before in losing a massively controversial split decision to Robert Helenius in December 2011 on the Finns home soil and early indications are that Denis Boytsov will be pushed by the EBU as the next in line.
It will now come down to whether Chisora’s promoter Frank Warren and Boytsov’s new representatives Sauerland can reach an agreement for the fight to happen at short notice – with the Briton’s next outing already set in stone in four weeks’ time.