Dereck Chisora has been elevated to mandatory challenger for the European heavyweight championship - a belt currently held by undefeated Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, reports the Daily Mail.

‘Del Boy’ overcame a defining night in his career thus far on Saturday, beating American Malik Scott by way of knockout in the sixth round. 

The win went a short way to resurrecting the reputation of Chisora, which was in danger of being discredited altogether following defeats to Tyson Fury, Robert Helenius, Vitali Klitschko and David Haye.

The 29-year-old Finchley-born fighter has made no secret of his desire to fight America’s prize heavyweight Deontay Wilder and is set to return to the ring on September 21, though whether it will be Wilder, Pulev or someone else in the opposite corner remains unknown.

Chisora reverted to his usual confident self when quizzed on his near future, saying: “I'm back in business and ready for whatever comes my way from Frank. 

"Whoever he puts in front of me I'm destroying, just like Scott, they're going down. 

“This is the new Dereck Chisora back on the road to winning the world heavyweight title. 

"Kubrat for the European title would be nice and he’s going to get knocked out or bring me another unbeaten Yank to spank in Deontay Wilder. 

“It’s all about keeping busy and building on each win.”

The current European champion, Pulev, has won all of his 17 professional bouts, and will no doubt provide Chisora with another tough task should the two meet.

 

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