Derek Chisora in line for Joseph Parker, Oleksandr Usyk after Artur Szpilka
Derek Chisora is aiming for a big knockout when the former world heavyweight title challenger battles tough Pole Artur Szpilka on July 20.
‘WAR’ bids to get his championship ambitions back on track in an important clash at the O2 Arena.
The Finchley man still has a point to prove in the top division. Chisora has already targeted fights with former WBO ruler and recent Matchroom Boxing USA signing Joseph Parker.
There could also be the opportunity to battle undisputed Cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk (Matchroom quote) should he come through his Szpilka test next month.
“July 20 is not going to be an easy night in the office, I know that,” said Chisora. “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.
“Remember, I’m true a 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.”
Chisora was defeated for the ninth time in his career against Dillian Whyte last December. The David Coldwell-trained punched got back to winning ways in April.
Senad Gashi was dominated over ten rounds, something Chisora will not be able to do in his next outing.
Szpilka gave Deontay Wilder kittens back in January 2016. WBN had the 30 year-old up on the scorecards before Wilder produced the predictable equalizer in the ninth.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ almost took Szpilka’s head off and admitted afterward that he thought he’d killed his opponent when the punch landed flush.#
Suffering an immediate setback against Adam Kownacki, Szpilka has since regrouped with victories over Dominick Guinn and Mariusz Wach.
The southpaw is expected to provide a stern test for Chisora at London’s Docklands.
Those battles against Parker and Usyk will be a step closer should Chisora overcome his next challenge.
Chisora v Szplika is part of Dillian Whyte v Oscar Rivas on July 20 live on Sky Sports and DAZN.