Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) is set to square off against Bulgarian heavyweight, Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs), for the vacant EBU heavyweight title.
There was speculation that Chisora would be facing Anthony Joshua for the vacant title, however, Joshua seems to be taking a different route now and it will most likely be one which will set him up for a world title shot in the near future.
Both Chisora and Pulev are former world title challengers and whilst they both fell short at that hurdle by winning the EBU title they have a chance to once again taste glory and perhaps claim another world title shot.
Such a match-up is quite an interesting one. Pulev holds a significant height and reach advantage and if he uses his jab effectively he could keep Chisora out of the fight completely. However, if Chisora can get on the inside and unload he can definitely do some damage to Pulev.
Perhaps, for Chisora, such a fight, should he win, will prove to be just what his career needs and return more than a single PPV bout with Joshua would right now. If Chisora wins the EBU title he can then either make a bigger fight with one of the top UK heavyweights such as; David Haye, Dillian Whyte, Hughie Fury or Anthony Joshua. Alternatively, once he has the EBU strap, he can start to work the rankings and try to get himself another world title shot.
Of course, none of this is guaranteed and Chisora must first overcome Pulev who is his toughest test since losing to Tyson Fury in 2014. Perhaps this is why many feel Chisora should have taken the Joshua fight and the financial benefits it would offer.
Exactly why the Chisora vs. Joshua fight never came to fruition is unclear. Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, told skysports.com “We spoke with Chisora and his team who clearly didn’t want the fight so we moved on very quickly – we can’t afford to get slowed in getting things down and will announce AJ’s next opponent at the end of this week”.
Kalle Sauerland, Chisora’s promoter, had a slightly different take on matters, telling skysports.com “I don’t think anyone was ducking anyone. It’s professional boxing and it was down to money. Dereck wasn’t happy with the terms presented to him and said he wasn’t going to do it”.
Whatever the case may be, if Chisora can defeat Pulev in style 2016 may be a very fruitful year for the man from Finchley.