By Michael Benson
Tyson Fury will defend his WBC heavyweight world title in a trilogy fight with Derek Chisora live on talkSPORT on December 3.
After talks for a showdown with Anthony Joshua failed, the Gypsy King has decided to push ahead with a bout before the end of this year, and it is set to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
It’s been a confusing six months for those following Fury’s plans since his last fight back in April.
After KOing Dillian Whyte, the 34-year-old claimed he was retiring from boxing and remained adamant about this for a few months.
Fury teased potential exhibition fights with Hafthor Bjornsson and Francis Ngannou before ultimately deciding to unretire, call out Chisora, then retire once again.
Following AJ’s rematch defeat to Oleksandr Usyk, the Gypsy King unretired for a second time and made the Ukrainian his target, but was informed he would not be available to return to the ring until next year.
Talks remain ongoing for Fury vs Usyk to happen in February in the Middle East, but the Brit insisted on fighting again beforehand.
After negotiations to face Joshua on December 3 collapsed and trash talk with Mahmoud Charr led nowhere, it has now finally been made official that Fury will face Chisora again after all.
The pair previously squared off twice.
When they first met for the British and Commonwealth titles in 2011, Fury emerged victorious by unanimous decision in a back-and-forth affair.
In their 2014 rematch for the European and British titles, Fury was completely dominant and forced Chisora’s team to end the bout after round ten.
Since ending their rivalry eight years ago, the former foes have become friends.
In recent months however, they have started exchanging jibes once more and clashed at ringside after Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker last month.
Following this exchange, talks intensified to put together a third bout between them with terms subsequently agreed.
Now the trilogy fight is signed and will be live on talkSPORT on December 3.
Daniel Dubois will also fight on the show, defending his WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight belt against Kevin Lerena.
“I am thrilled to be delivering a Tyson Fury world title defence in front of the British fans in London,” said Fury’s UK co-promoter Frank Warren.
“Tyson clearly conquered America across his trilogy with Deontay Wilder and there is also huge demand to stage his fights from sites across the world.
“Tyson wanted to fight in his home country again this year following his special night at Wembley Stadium in April.
“This brings us to the magnificent Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and a match against an old rival in Derek Chisora.
“Derek, also a big favourite with British fans, has reinvented himself in recent years and Tyson has long stated his wish to fight him for a third time.
“Tyson can’t afford any slip-up in this fight as he has the much-publicised undisputed match-up with Oleksandr Usyk in the New Year which we’re really looking forward to.
Fury’s US co-promoter Bob Arum added: “Whenever Tyson Fury fights, it is a major event, and I expect him to once again put on a spectacular show for the fans.
“There are talks about what’s next for Tyson, but the first order of business is a battle against an extraordinarily tough fighter in Derek Chisora.”
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