Tyson Fury has vowed to “get rid of Dereck Chisora” and then go on to make heavyweight boxing history.
It was announced on Monday that the British pair will face off on July 26 at the Manchester Arena – almost exactly three years to the day after Fury beat Chisora on a points decision at Wembley Arena – in an elimination fight to contend for the WBO belt, currently held by Wladimir Klitschko.
And speaking exclusively to ESPN, Fury was in typically confident mood ahead of the rematch.
“I’ve been gunning for [a shot at the world title] for four or five years and it’s finally landed,” he told Steve Bunce.
“My job is simple: All I’ve got to do is get rid of Dereck Chisora and the world is my oyster. I do believe Wlad will vacate the title, or retire before I even get there, and I see the division being left to the likes of me and Deonte Wilder in a super-fight for all the belts. I don’t see anyone else coming close.
“We will find out on July 26, but my personal opinion is Chisora is not a better fighter than when I first stepped into the ring with him. I think he’s gone backwards since then.
“Dereck will describe himself as a villain. I’m not a villain, I’m more of a good looking gentleman. But Dereck is exactly what he looks like – a mug. And he talks just like how he fights – shit.
“He got smashed by a 22-year-old Tyson Fury. Now I’m 25, I’m much more experienced with a lot better record and I would say I’m a four-times harder puncher than Dereck.”