WBC & Lineal Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury To Defend
Crown Against Derek Chisora On Dec. 3
In what will be a sensational heavyweight doubleheader, the
WBC and lineal world champion Tyson Fury will defend his
crown against long-standing rival Derek Chisora at the
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, December 3 on a night
where WBA world champion Daniel Dubois will make a first
defense of his belt against South African southpaw Kevin
Lerena, exclusively on BT Sport Box Office (UK) and
available in the U.S. on ESPN+.
Fury, who intends on fighting Oleksandr Usyk for the
undisputed championship in the first part of 2023, will once
again perform on UK soil following his April knockout of
mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte in front of 94,000 fans
at Wembley Stadium.
Promoted by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions, in
association with Top Rank, this will be the third meeting
between Fury and Chisora. They first met in July 2011 with
the British and Commonwealth titles at stake, and Fury
prevailed by unanimous decision.
“I am thrilled to be delivering a Tyson Fury world title
defense in front of the British fans in London,” said
promoter Frank Warren. “Tyson clearly conquered America
across his trilogy with Deontay Wilder and there is also
huge demand to stage his fights from sites across the world.
“Tyson wanted to fight in his home country again this year
following his special night at Wembley Stadium in April.
This brings us to the magnificent Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
and a match against an old rival in Derek Chisora.
“Derek, also a big favorite with British fans, has
reinvented himself in recent years and Tyson has long stated
his wish to fight him for a third time.
“Tyson can’t afford any slip-up in this fight as he has the
much-publicized undisputed match-up with Usyk in the New
Year which we’re really looking forward to.
"I am also delighted that we have added Daniel Dubois to the
card with a first defense of his WBA belt against Kevin
Lerena. It makes it a real heavyweight night, and Daniel
represents the best of the new generation coming through."
“Whenever Tyson Fury fights, it is a major event, and I
expect him to once again put on a spectacular show for the
fans,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “There are talks
about what’s next for Tyson, but the first order of business
is a battle against an extraordinarily tough fighter in
Todd Kline, Chief Commercial Officer, Tottenham Hotspur,
said: “Our stadium has firmly established itself as a
leading venue in London for major sports and entertainment
“The AJ-Usyk fight in front of a record crowd here in
Tottenham was a truly an unforgettable spectacle and we are
extremely excited to bring World Heavyweight Championship
boxing back to N17 on December 3.
“The World Cup break leaves us in a unique position of
having no Spurs action at the stadium between November 12 –
December 31 - what better way to satisfy the demand for
world-class live sport before the Premier League returns.”
In between Fury fights, Chisora (33-12, 23 KOs) challenged
for the WBC title and gave a good account of himself against
Vitali Klitschko in Munich, before entering into a grudge
match at West Ham United’s Upton Park against another
British rival in David Haye.
He rebuilt from those setbacks by winning the WBO
International, European and WBA International titles in a
five-fight winning streak, setting up a return fight with
Fury that took place at London’s ExCel Arena in November
In recent years, Chisora has been involved in two close
encounters with Dillian Whyte and one with Usyk, while
defeating Carlos Takam, Artur Szpilka and David Price. Last
year, he lost a pair of tight affairs with Joseph Parker.
His last fight was an exciting points victory over former
world title challenger Kubrat Pulev in July.
Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) remains an undefeated champion and
completed his remarkable return from the boxing wilderness
with a resounding rematch victory over Deontay Wilder in
February 2020, with the Bronze Bomber saved by his corner in
the seventh round.
A trilogy battle followed eight months later, which
delivered a Las Vegas thriller where Wilder was put down in
rounds three and 10 and Fury down twice in round four before
knocking out the former WBC ruler in the 11th.
The 25-year-old Dubois (18-1, 17 KOs) seized his world title
belt in June when he travelled to Miami and demolished
previous champion Trevor Bryan, inflicting a first defeat on
the American via a fourth-round stoppage.
Lerena (28-1, 14 KOs), 30, is a recent addition to the
heavyweight ranks, having established himself as the IBO
world cruiserweight champion, making six defenses of the
title. At heavyweight he has recorded victories over
contenders Patrick Ferguson, Bogdan Dinu and Mariusz Wach.