Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte produced one of the fights of the year when they battled in December 2016.
The two squared off on an Anthony Joshua undercard at the Manchester Arena, a night that saw ‘AJ’ successfully defend his IBF heavyweight world title with a third round knockout of Eric Molina.
However, ‘Del Boy’ and Whyte stole the show with their 12 round war, that saw Chisora on the receiving end of a close split-decision loss.
Since that win almost two years ago, Whyte has gone on to defeat Malcolm Tann, Robert Helenius, Lucas Browne, and most recently former WBO world titleist Joseph Parker. It’s fair to say the Brixton based puncher is in impressive form.
Chisora, however, has suffered a more inconsistent ride since the epic showdown with his rival Whyte.
Del Boy defeated Robert Filipovic after the Whyte fight, but then suffered a dismal loss against Agit Kabayel for the European title in Monte Carlo.
Chisora did, however, manage to find form again as he beat Zakaria Azzouzi in March before defeating former Joshua opponent Carlos Takam in stunning fashion four months later in what was a knockout of the year contender.
Chisora on Whyte and Ortiz
That win put Chisora right back in the mix at world level in the heavyweight division and it was only inevitable talks of a potential rematch between Del Boy and Whyte would arise.
However, it seemed the two rivals couldn't agree on terms, as Whyte accused Chisora of being unrealistic in his negotiations, and ‘The Body Snatcher’ soon targeted other potential next opponents.
One such name was Luis Ortiz, who challenged for the WBC title against Deontay Wilder in March, but Chisora claimed that’s not the fight the fans want to see.
“No one wants to see that [Whyte-Ortiz], so I don't know why he's talking about Luis Ortiz. I'm the Money Man,” Chisora told Sky Sports.
Chisora did however express his interest in a rematch with Whyte, despite the negotiation problems, and the 34 year-old even hinted the fight could be agreed this weekend.
"We'll see what happens anyway, but we definitely want to make the fight for December 22. By the weekend, and then everything announced,” Chisora continued. "We haven't started [talks], but I believe by the end of this weekend, or we'll have done it by Friday.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn stated Whyte will definitely fight on December 22 at the O2 Arena and admitted Chisora is the favoured opposition; however, he did not rule out the likes of Ortiz or Dominic Breazeale.
"We want to make sure the December 22 card is confirmed early next week," said Hearn.
"Dillian Whyte will fight on that night at the O2, and we want to make the Chisora fight.Widely that is the fight everyone wants to see.
“We do have the options of Breazeale or Ortiz as well, but we'll see if a deal can be done in the next few days with Chisora and if not, we'll move on.