Derek Chisora v Artur Szpilka adds to O2 heavyweight feast on July 20

Ringside 13/06/2019
Derek Chisora v Artur Szpilka

Derek Chisora has been given a handful after his opponent was confirmed for the Dillian Whyte v Oscar Rivas undercard next month.

Chisora will clash with former World title challenger Artur Szpilka on a huge night of Heavyweight action at The O2 in London.

The bill also sees Whyte take on the undefeated for the number one spot in the WBC.

Dave Allen collides with David Price in a must-win domestic showdown. It will all be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Chisora (30-9, 21 KOs) cruised to a comfortable points win over Senad Gashi at The O2 in April in his first fight with new trainer Dave Coldwell.

The triumph was his big return after he came sensationally close to beating ‘The Body Snatcher’ in their brutal December rematch.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “This is a great fight on a huge night of Heavyweight boxing. Both are unpredictable characters but both must win this fight.

“I believe we will see an England vs. Poland war at The O2 on July 20. Add this fight to the important Whyte vs. Rivas shootout. The big domestic clash between Allen and Price and you’ve got a big night of big men looking to take people out!”

Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing said: “It’s terrific to have one of most charismatic Heavyweights Derek Chisora back at The O2. It’s an unpredictable and exciting fight against the wild Artur Szpilka.

“We were ringside when Szpilka gave Deontay Wilder a real test in Brooklyn. We now welcome him to London.

“Dillian Whyte topped a cracking event last July. So bring on another Summer Heavyweight Sizzler – live on Sky Sports Box Office a year on.”


Chisora vs. Szpilka is part of a huge night of boxing in the Capital. Main event sees Dillian Whyte (25-1, 18 KOs) take on undefeated Columbian Oscar Rivas (26-0, 18 KOs) for the number one spot in the WBC.

Dave Allen (17-4-2, 14 KOs) and David Price (24-6, 19 KOs) clash in a must-win domestic showdown.

Heavy-hitting Londoner Richard Riakporhe (9-0, 8 KOs) puts his WBA Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title on the line against unbeaten Bournemouth man Chris Billam-Smith (9-0, 8 KOs).

Canning Town’s Charlie Duffield (7-1, 6 KOs) clashes with Lewisham’s Dan Azeez (8-0, 5 KOs) for the vacant Southern Area Light-Heavyweight title.

Tickets for Whyte vs. Rivas are priced £40, £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, £300, £500 and £800 VIP.

General Sale tickets are available to purchase from StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk). The O2 (www.theo2.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing (www.matchroomboxing.com)