Zimbabwean-born boxer Dereck Chisora will get his shot at world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on April 30 after last month’s bout was called off.
And the news will come as a blow to WBA heavyweight champion David Haye who has been in talks with the Russian over a potential unification bout set for April or May.
Klitschko, the IBF, WBO and Ring magazine champion, had been due to defend his belts against untested Londoner Chisora on December 11 last year in Germany until a stomach injury forced him to pull out at the last minute.
British and Commonwealth champion Chisora was always hopeful he would still get his chance and it was confirmed on Thursday they would meet in the spring, with Germany still hosting the bout. The Finchley slugger said: “This news is a fantastic late Christmas present.
“I always believed that I would fight Klitschko, and my faith has been repaid. I was a bit worried that he might try and fight an easier touch, but I think I’ve earned my opportunity.
“I was gutted when Wladimir pulled out of our fight just a couple of days beforehand. Now I’ve got another chance to take his titles away. He’s a great world champion, but his time at the top is well and truly up.
My promoter Frank Warren has done a great job in getting me this opportunity because there was no guarantee Wladimir would fight me again after he got injured.”