Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has announced Derek Chisora will rematch Kubrat Pulev on July 9 at the O2 Arena in London. The pair first faced each other back in 2016 for the European heavyweight title with Pulev coming out as the victor via a split decision on the night.
Two judges scored it 118–110 and 116–112 in Pulev’s favour while the third scored it 115–113 for Chisora. Now, the second fight is set to take place and Eddie Hearn is promising ‘total carnage’ on fight night. Taking to Twitter to announce the fight, Hearn tweeted: “The best way to explain this fight! July 9 there will be Total Carnage @theo2london live on @daznboxing #ChisoraPulev.”
In their original pre-fight build up there was plenty of carnage. During one face-off Chisora and Pulev had to be separated after Chisora grabbed hold of Pulev’s head. Then during the weigh-in Chisora was punched in the face by a Bulgarian fan causing ‘Dell Boy’ to charge into the audience.
“I’m delighted to get this fight over the line,” said Hearn. “Initially, we worked on some other opponents for Derek, but this fight came out of nowhere a few days ago and I absolutely love it! I think the strapline, ‘Total Carnage’, is absolutely perfect for this fight, in terms of the build-up and in terms of the fight itself.
Chisora is currently riding a three-fight losing streak with back-to-back losses to Joseph Parker and a single defeat to Oleksandr Usyk. While Kubrat Pulev was last seen in the ring in May with a win over Jerry Forrest a year after his knockout loss to Anthony Joshua.