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Zim-born boxer up for world title

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Zimbabwean-born boxer Dereck Chisora has been presented with a chance to rule the world when he takes on world heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko who will be defending his IBF, IBO and WBO titles against Chisora in Mannheim on December 11.

The Ukrainian confirmed the bout on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Chisora, who beat Sam Sexton in September to add the Commonwealth heavyweight title to his British crown, said he was surprised by his chance to fight the champion.

“I knew that my win against Sexton would lift me in the rankings but this is a surprise,” he said in a statement.

The 34-year-old Klitschko, whose older brother Vitali will defend his WBC crown against American Shannon Briggs on Saturday, has been trying to set up a fight against WBA champion Briton David Haye, holding the only other belt the Klitschkos do not have.

“Chisora is young, quick and a hard puncher.

My coach Emanuel Steward has warned me of his qualities and reminded me of the 1978 defeat of the great Muhammad Ali by the 24-year-old Leon Spinks. I will try not to give Chisora a single chance,” Klitschko said.

The Ukrainian’s record stands at 55 wins and three defeats while Chisora has won all of his 14 fights, nine through knockout.

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