• Heavyweight

Chisora set for European title bout

ESPN staff
August 27, 2013
Dereck Chisora has looked impressive in his victories over Hector Avila and Malik Scott © Getty Images

Dereck Chisora is set to make his return to the ring on September 21, where it is likely he will fight for the European heavyweight title.

Undefeated Russian Denis Boytsov has been touted as Chisora's opponent, although it has yet to be officially confirmed the pair will meet at the Copper Box Arena in London's Olympic Park.

Chisora was named mandatory challenger to the European belt, which was vacated by champion Kubrat Pulev before he defeated Tony Thompson on Saturday.

'Del Boy' is determined to secure the European title in a bid to challenge world champion Wladimir Klitschko - Chisora recently issued his desire to face Wladimir following the pair's chance meet while holidaying in Ibiza.

The 29-year-old defeated the previously unbeaten Mailk Scott at Wembley Arena in July, which followed his April victory over Hector Alfredo Avila.

However, it looks increasingly likely that Chisora will now have to end another established fighter's perfect record if he is to realise his dream of challenging for a world title once more.

Boytsov, who is based in Germany, has scored 33 victories in his professional career with 26 knockouts. His latest outing was back in June, where he saw off the challenge of Oleksandr Nesterenko.

"[Chisora's] got to get the European and hopefully he can get himself into a good position," Chisora's promoter Frank Warren told Boxing News. "I watched [Kubrat] Pulev and [Tony] Thompson at the weekend. We certainly wouldn't worry about fighting either of those."

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