Tyson Fury defends WBC heavyweight crown against Derek Chisora & Daniel Dubois returns on December 3

Tyson Fury will defend his WBC heavyweight title against familiar foe Derek Chisora at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday 3 December, live on BT Sport Box Office.

By George Mills Published: 20 October 2022 - 9.51am

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury returns to the ring this winter exclusively live on BT Sport Box Office when he defends his title dangerous veteran Dereck Chisora at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 3.

In what promises to be a cracking night of heavyweight scraps, Daniel Dubois also returns to action when he puts his WBA belt on the line against South African slugger Kevin Lerena.

Fury carries a pair of wins over Chisora into what will be a trilogy showdown in north London having beaten his fellow Englishman in 2011 and then again in 2014.

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The ‘Gypsy King’ outpointed Chisora in the first meeting between the two men at Wembley Arena more than 11 years ago, securing the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles in the process.

Three years later, Fury reclaimed the British title he had vacated while adding the European belt to his collection with a stoppage win over the durable Chisora at the ExCel Arena in London.

The 34-year-old will be looking to make it a perfect hat-trick of wins against Chisora this December but ‘Del Boy’ proved there is life left in the old dog yet with an impressive win over Kubrat Pulev last time out.

“Tyson can’t afford any slip-up in this fight as he has the much-publicised undisputed match-up with Usyk in the New Year”
- Frank Warren

Still a handful for anyone on his night, Chisora believes he remains capable of capturing an elusive world title having come up short in his only attempt more than 10 years ago.

On that night it was Vitali Klitschko who shut the door on his championship ambitions with a convincing 12-round shutout win over a typically game Chisora in Munich.

More than a decade later, Chisora has been granted one last crack at securing the very same belt, the WBC heavyweight crown, when he takes on the undefeated Fury this December.

The stakes are high for Fury heading into the contest with his hopes of a 2023 showdown against Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight crown on the line should he come unstuck against Chisora.

Usyk, the WBA, IBF and WBO champion, retained his trio of world titles in convincing fashion during an August rematch against Anthony Joshua, outpointing the Brit to cruise to a second straight win over AJ.

The 35-year-old, who also defeated Chisora in October 2020 on what was his second fight after moving up to heavyweight, is currently back in his native Ukraine and believed to be targeting a return to action in Spring.

That timeline would marry up perfectly with Fury’s ambitions for the New Year, setting up the mouth-watering prospect of the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the four-belt era being crowned in early 2023.

“I am thrilled to be delivering a Tyson Fury world title defence in front of the British fans in London,” said 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 Usyk in the New Year which we’re really looking forward to.

“Whenever Tyson Fury fights, it is a major event”
- Bob Arum

"I am also delighted that we have added Daniel Dubois to the card with a first defence of his WBA belt against Kevin Lerena. It makes it a real heavyweight night and Daniel represents the best of the new generation coming through."

“Whenever Tyson Fury fights, it is a major event, and I expect him to once again put on a spectacular show for the fans,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum.

“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."

It should be an exciting return to action for 25-year-old Dubois, (18-1, 17 KOs), who seized his WBA regular world title belt in June when he travelled to Miami and demolished previous champion Trevor Bryan, inflicting a first defeat on the American via a fourth-round stoppage.

His opponent Lerena (28-1, 14 KOs), 30, is a recent addition to the heavyweight ranks, having established himself as the IBO world cruiserweight champion, making six defences of the title.

At heavyweight he has recorded victories over Patrick Ferguson, Bogdan Dinu and Mariusz Wach, winning the WBA and IBO Intercontinental titles in the process.

Tickets for Tyson Fury vs. Derek Chisora for the WBC & Lineal Heavyweight Championship of the World at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium go on general sale at noon tomorrow (Friday, 21 October) from ticketmaster.co.uk.

Fans are encouraged to sign-up for Ticket Alerts at frankwarren.com to receive the direct ticket link on Friday.

Premium packages for the event will go on-sale via tottenhamhotspur.com, with an exclusive pre-sale for Tottenham Hotspur Premium Members commencing at noon today (Thursday, 20 October). 

Please note, this will be an open-air event with a likelihood of winter conditions at the time of year it is taking place. Ticket purchasers are strongly advised to wear appropriate clothing on the night as all seating within the stadium is outdoor.

Doors for the event will open at 5pm.