Derek Chisora will return to the O2 for the second time in 2019 as he takes on former world title challenger Artur Szpilka on the undercard of Dillion Whyte’s showdown with Oscar Rivas, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Chisora (30-9 21KOs) comes into the contest on the back of a comfortable win against Senad Gashi in what was his first fight under new trainer Dave Coldwell.
Despite being 35, Chisora is still a big name in the heavyweight division and a win over Szpilka could see him take on some of the bigger names on the Matchroom roster, such as Cruiserweight kingpin Oleksandr Usyk and most recent signing Joseph Parker.
Chisora was keen to show the quality his opponent possesses, as reported by talkSPORT:
July 20 is not going to be an easy night in the office, I know that. 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.
Szpilka (22-3 15KOs), a 6ft 3 southpaw is certainly no walkover for Chisora and is on a two-fight win streak since back to back losses to Adam Kownacki and WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Speaking on the fight, Szpilka said:
I chose this fights because we are both crazy men and it’s going to be a crazy fight! Chisora is a good fighter, he is bull strong and he can box well. He turns up to every fight in great condition, so I Know it’s gonna be a tough fight for me.
Promoter Eddie Hearn added:
This is a great fight on a huge night of heavyweight boxing. Both are unpredictable characters but both must win this fight and I believe we will se3 an England vs Poland war at the O2 on July 20.
Chisora v Szpilka is part of a huge night of boxing in the capital, the main event sees Dillian Whyte (25-1 18KOs) takes on undefeated Columbian Oscar Rivas (26-0 18KOs) for the number one spot in the WBC.
Dave Allen (17-4-2 14KOs) and David Price (24-6 19KOs) clash in a must-win domestic showdown, heavy-hitting Londoner Richard Riakporhe (9-0 8KOs) puts his WBA Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title on the line against unbeaten Bournemouth man Chris Billam-Smith (9-0 8KOs) and Canning Town’s Charlie Duffield (7-1 6KOs) clashes with Lewisham’s Dan Azeez (8-0 5KOs) for the vacant Southern Area Light-Heavyweight title.