British heavyweights Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora will hold a rematch in London on December 22, it was announced on Thursday.
The duo will go head-to-head at The O2 in a highly-anticipated clash which comes some two years since Whyte defeated Chisora on a controversial split decision in Manchester.
Whyte, 30, has since beaten Australian Lucas Browne and also in July overcame New Zealand’s former WBO champion Joseph Parker to stake his claim for a world title shot.
Chisora, meanwhile, will come into the showdown after stopping Carlos Takam in eight rounds on the undercard of the Whyte/Parker show at The O2 and is now managed by former ring adversary David Haye.
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom have taken somewhat of a risk putting this fight on December 22, knowing full well that Frank Warren's fight Carl Frampton is facing Josh Warrington on the same night in Manchester.
Both events are pay-per-view and will see Sky Sports Box Office and BT Sport go head-to-head for the British television viewership.
When asked about the potential clash a few months ago, Warren was confident his rival promoter Hearn wouldn't risk putting a fight of his own at the same time, but he has been proven wrong.
This isn't the first time Matchroom have taken such a risk, though. Frampton's fight against Nonito Donaire earlier in the year also clashed with Amir Khan's return to the ring v Phil Lo Greco - although that was not a PPV.
Of course, it is likely to harm the fighters involved too and shortly after Whyte-Chisora II was confirmed, Frampton made a sly reference to the heavyweights' pantomime-esque rivalry which overshadowed their first encounter.
Accompanied with a video of himself in training, he posted: "Let the table throwing and other pantomime bullshit commence. I'll keep preparing for a real fight #WarringtonFrampton"
Frampton will obviously try to play down the rival fight but it will be very interesting to see how to two events play off against each other in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile Whyte maintains there will be no disputing the outcome when he and Chisora finally go toe-to-toe again.
“This will be Chisora’s last fight, the donkey’s last ride,” Whyte said.
“I think that he needs to really have a good think about taking this fight because he’s going to be heading home after the fight looking like he’s been run over by a truck.
“I believe that I’ll knock him out in devastating fashion this time.
“Last time was my first 12-rounder and I was a little bit inexperienced, but this time I’ll know exactly what to do. He’s at the end of the road."
Chisora, however, maintains he has unfinished business to settle with Whyte.
“I was cheated in our first fight by the judges, everyone knows that I was the true victor. This time I have a score to settle, Dillian won’t be hearing the final bell to be saved by the judges,” the 34-year-old said.
“I will be stepping in the ring a different fighter. I have everything to prove and it all to lose.”News Now - Sport News