Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury face off in their rescheduled WBO heavyweight championship eliminator at The Excel Centre in London.
Where to Watch
Dereck Chisora vs Tyson Fury is live on BoxNation on Sky channel 437 (490 in HD), Virgin channel 546, and online at Livesport.tv from 7pm.
Five months on from their cancelled re-match, British duo Chisora and Fury clash in a duel which has been littered with personal jibes and is set against the backdrop of a possible world title shot against Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
A broken hand in Fury's final sparring session saw him withdraw from facing Chisora in July. Manchester-born Fury targets a second straight win against Chisora after his 2011 victory via a unanimous points decision.
Anatomically at least, Fury has the upper hand with 10 inches more reach than Chisora, who stands at just 6ft 11/2in. Though the Londoner has made a career out of defeating opponents with his smaller stature, he faces a mountainous challenge on Saturday night.
Since losing to Fury three years ago, the self proclaimed bad boy of British boxing has staged a dramatic return, winning a world title shot against Klitschko and claiming the European title, which is on the line at the Excel.
Questions do still remain over Chisora's attacking traits which Fury absorbed in their first meeting before strolling to victory. Fights against Klitschko and David Haye have shown the 30-year-old to be tough but without the weapons to worry opponents at the top level.
Fury's only problem could be his recent inactivity, having only fought once since April 2013 due to injury, and if Chisora is looking to spring a surprise, catching his opponent cold as he builds his way into the fight could be his best option.
What They've Said
Dereck Chisora: "Let's be honest, by the time I'm finished with him, round five, he'll be the same size as me. The fight is not going to go the distance.
"He's going to try to drag it out long, he's talking about the seventh round, eighth round, but by the time he gets to the eighth round he's going to have nothing left.
"I'm not coming in there to play with him, I'm coming in there to hurt him and I am going to hurt him. Physically and mentally I am in far better shape than him. We'll see at the press conference on Thursday. I will show you. They will need extra security there. It's going to go off, all the travellers will get beaten."
Tyson Fury: "To be truthful this is a simple fight for me, especially in the prime physical condition I'm in right now. So while this probably is the most competitive British card for a long time, you can expect the main excitement to come from Eubank and Billy Joe.
"It's still a problem for him to fight someone who is 6ft 9in. OK, Dereck is fitter now, but so am I. We were both virtual novices three years ago, and we're both title contenders now. So while we've got better, the difference is in my favour, it's still relevant."
- (W) Kevin Johnson – unanimous decision –February 2014.
- (W) Ondrej Pala – technical knock out – November 2013.
- (W) Edmund Gerber – technical knock out – September 2012.
- (W) Joey Abell – split decision – February 2014.
- (W) Steve Cunningham – knock out – April 2013.
- (W) Kevin Johnson – unanimous decision – December 2012.
The components to Fury's artillery suggests he is the favourite, but Chisora is durable and a slug going all 12 rounds could lead to a shock result. Fury should have enough to prevail on points, again.
Rest of card:
- Billy Joe Saunders v Chris Eubank Jr
- Franky Gavin v Bradley Skeete
- Liam Walsh v Gary Sykes
- Frank Buglioni v Andrew Robinson