Fury aims to KO Chisora on July 26

Tyson Fury has targeted a knockout victory over Dereck Chisora as he bids to become mandatory challenger to heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko.

The bitter British rivals are to fight on 26 July at Manchester’s Phones4U Arena in an eliminator for Klitschko’s WBO heavyweight title.

They last fought in July 2011, when Fury comfortably outpointed an out-of-shape Chisora.

Both fighters have since improved – many believe Chisora to be in the best form of his career – though by July, Fury would have fought just once in 15 months, even if his confidence is no different.

“It’s set to be a great night in my home city, the night I earn my dream world title shot in front of my home fans,” Fury said. “It means I have to go over old ground and batter Chisora again, but if that’s what has to be done, I’ll do it and in much better style this time.

“That fight was nearly three years ago, I’ve moved into world class since then and remained unbeaten. I’ll give it to him, Tubby has shifted that spare tyre around his waist and got himself into shape, but he can’t build muscle on his chin and when I land on it he’ll be knocked clean out.

“Get one thing clear, I’m getting the world title fight against Klitschko, I’m the best in Britain and you’ll see why on 26 July.”

Chisora countered the reason he lost to Fury before was because he was overweight, saying the undefeated 25-year-old hasn’t improved since.

He said: “Yes, Fury beat me last time, but that was at the worst time of my career. You’re seeing the best of me now and there’s no way Fury can deal with that. He hasn’t moved on in his career since he beat me, I’ve been fighting at a higher level while he’s been fighting nobodies.

“This time I’ll dump him in a heap in the ring. He’s still got it in the back of his mind that he’s beaten me, he won a battle, I’m going to win the war.”

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