Deontay Wilder vs Dereck Chisora on June 15 at Wembley Arena
American heavyweight Deontay Wilder (28-0) is set to face Britain's Dereck Chisora (16-4) at Wembley Arena on June 15 in an encounter that could propel the winner towards a world title fight.
Chisora will attempt to succeed where Audley Harrison failed when he takes on Wilder, who sent Harrison into retirement with a stunning 70-second knockout in Sheffield.
The 27-year-old Wilder, who was arrested on Saturday and then charged with domestic violence, has stopped all of his opponents inside four rounds, but he may have to dig a lot deeper then usual if Chisora, 29, turns up fit and focused for the fight. Chisora scored a 9th round TKO win over Hector Alfredo Avila on April 20, his first outing since losing to David Haye (TKO 5) in July.
Chisora, who was re-issued with his British licence in March, looked far from his best when stopping Argentine Avila and will hope to reproduce the form he showed during defeats to Vitali Klitschko and Robert Helenius.
"I needed something like this," said Chisora. "I first saw him (Wilder) when he came on the scene two years ago. I said to my trainer that he would be a great opponent for me and now he is my opponent.
I'm extra motivated, the fight is going to be great for the boxing fans. I don't like to fight nobodies. Your going to see a great Dereck in the fight, it's going to be a masterpiece. We're going push him, we're going to take him into the deep end and drown him.
The problem with his 28-0, I wish (promoter) Frank Warren had done that for me - giving me a couple of cab drivers to knock out so I could be 20-0. But that was not my idea when I came on the boxing scene. I always told Frank I didn't want to fight nobodies, I wanted to fight great fighters."
Warren, meanwhile, believes the fight is guaranteed to excite the Wembley crowd.
"He's a big puncher, he's had more fights then Dereck but Dereck has been in with much better opposition and maybe they think if they stop Dereck it will move him up the rankings," he said. "He's an exciting fighter, Wilder. He doesn't come to mess around and the two styles will gell on the night and you'll get a proper war."
In other fights on the bill, Paul Smith (32-3) and Tony Dodson (29-7-1) fight in a rematch for the vacant British super middleweight title.
Smith decisioned Dodson in March 2010 to retain his British title, although he lost it in his next fight, a 9th round defeat to James DeGale.
Commonwealth welterweight champion Denton Vassell (20-0) will meet British champion Frankie Gavin (15-0), in a clash of the unbeatens with both belts on the line.
Rising super flyweight star Paul Butler (11-0) and a host of other fighters will also feature.