LONDON — Dereck Chisora will bid to inflict a first professional defeat on American Malik Scott when the pair clash at Wembley Arena on July 20.
Report by Daily Mail
The British heavyweight was due to face the hard-hitting Deontay Wilder, but was forced to look for a new opponent after Wilder was charged with domestic assault.
The only blemish on Scott’s record is a draw last time out with Vyacheslav Glazkov who is also unbeaten.
“I can’t wait for the fight. Scott is a great name to have on my record, he’s big, unbeaten and dangerous I’m just looking forward to going out there and doing a real good job on him,” Chisora said.
“I’m disappointed that the other guys turned the opportunity down, but I will make a real statement against Scott and show that I’m back on track for the world title.
“This guy switches a lot and uses the ring more than any other fighter I’ve fought before. He’s a Rolls Royce; Wilder is a Reliant Robin.”
Promoter Frank Warren hopes the 29-year-old from Finchley will impress as he seeks to manoeuvre him into a second world title attempt within the next eight to 10 months.
“We were let down badly by Deontay Wilder — we had the fight confirmed, but he was arrested for domestic violence and therefore had his passport taken off him so can’t travel,” Warren said.
“We had this show put back to July 20 so that we could find a credible opponent for Dereck. It would have been easy to find a marking time fight but Scott is tough.
“Dereck can’t afford to lose this fight. He has to win and look good doing it. If he does so I’ll make sure he gets a crack at the world title.”
The Wembley show will also feature Warren’s latest signing Carl Frampton while Billy Joe Saunders challenges for Gary O’Sullivan’s WBO International middleweight title.
That announcement cast doubt over whether Saunders would fulfill his mandatory obligations with regard to the defence of his British title against John Ryder.
But Queensberry Promotions moved to clarify the situation.
“For the avoidance of doubt both Andy Ayling on behalf of Queensberry Promotions, Mr. Warren and Billy Joe Saunders, having already signed contracts, clearly have every intention in staging this contest as per the terms of the purse offer,” a statement read.
“Accordingly, once John Ryder’s signed contract is received, a date and venue will be announced for this exciting clash to take place.”