Tyson Fury believes a summer rematch with Dereck Chisora will be one of the best British heavyweight fights ever.
After seeing a clash with David Haye twice fall through, promoter Frank Warren wants to pair the unbeaten Morecambe giant with the European heavyweight champion at West Ham’s Upton Park Stadium this summer.
Both are in action at London’s Copper Box Arena on February 15 and if victorious will co-headline a show in April before meeting for a second time in what is hoped will be a final eliminator for Wladimir Klitschko’s WBO title.
Fury lifted the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles with a points victory over an out of shape Chisora back in July 2011.
But at a press conference in London on Monday, Fury admitted he would be facing a completely different fighter to the one he defeated two and a half years ago.
The 25-year-old, 21-0 with 15 knockouts, said: “I see a lot of improvement in Dereck.
“He is a lot fitter, stronger and better than when he boxed in 2011 and our rematch will be one of the great British heavyweight fights.
“The division has been wide open for a long time, but there just hasn’t been anybody to go and smash those titles from the Klitschkos.
“I just cant wait to have these couple of fights, the rematch with Chisora and then take Wlad’s head off.
“I have been hunting Wlad down for a good three years and I am getting no further forward, but now it looks like I will have the final eliminator.”
The 6ft9 inch resort puncher is a heavy favourite to see off Argentina’s Gonzalo Omar Basile next month with Chisora topping the bill at the Olympic Park against former Fury foe, American Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson.
Warren believes the duo are part of what is shaping up to be a golden era of heavyweight boxing in the UK with Liverpool’s David Price getting back to winning ways in Germany and Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua set for a big 2014 despite being just three fights into his professional career.
Despite his injury woes, former two weight world champion Haye also remains a big attraction.
The Queensberry Promotions said: “The British heavyweight division is in a decent state and this is a new era.
“Dereck has been re-energised in 2013 and in the next 12 months will fight for a world title again.
“The last few months have been disappointing for Tyson Fury, but he will get his career back on track because he is a good fighter.
“I am sure David Haye will box again if he recovers from injury and there are also boxers like Anthony Joshua and Ian Lewison making there way.
“But Dereck and Tyson are the best two heavyweights in Europe, if not the world outside of Wladimir.”