‘Body Snatcher’ welcomes unbeaten ‘Kaboom’ to the capital on July 20
Dillian Whyte will face Oscar Rivas for the number one Heavyweight spot in the WBC at The O2 in London on Saturday July 20, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Whyte (25-1 18KOs) holds the number one slot with the WBC and puts that on the line as the hard-hitting ‘Body Snatcher’ continues to blast his path to a World title shot. The Brixton banger put Derek Chisora away in devastating style in his last outing, the pair thrilling the Greenwich crowd in their rematch in December – before icing Del Boy in the 11th round.
The 31-year-old Briton will be gunning for a tenth straight win against Rivas, with wins over Joseph Parker, Robert Helenius and Lucas Browne sandwiched between his two wins over Chisora. Whyte has become a must-watch fighter since rocking old foe Anthony Joshua in their battle at The O2 in December 2012, and yet again takes on a high-risk challenge as he cements his spot as the leading Heavyweight contender in the world.
Rivas (26-0 18KOs) is yet another dangerous customer for Whyte to risk his number one rankings with, and the Colombian comes into the bout on the back of his biggest win in the paid ranks. Rivas travelled to Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY in January and KO’d former World title challenger Bryant Jennings in the final round of their clash, underlining his dangerous potential to World titlists and fellow contenders, with ‘Kaboom’ ranked at number ten with the WBC, seven in the IBF and a lofty five with both the WBA and WBO.
The Canadian-based 31 year old carried an impressive amateur record into the paid ranks, beating Kubrat Pulev in the 2008 Olympic Games a year after landing silver in the Pan-American games – and with 18 KOs in 26 fights since turning over, July 20 promises to be an explosive war between two in-form big-punchers, with huge stakes on the line.
“I am very happy to be fighting again at The O2 in July,” said Whyte. “Oscar Rivas is undefeated and ranked in the top 10 across the board of all the governing bodies. He has been one of the most avoided heavyweight fighters in the last few years. 
“His KO victory over Bryant Jennings sent shockwaves through the division and Tyson Fury just turned down ESPN/Top Rank’s offer to fight him. I am over the moon that he has accepted the fight. He has a great amateur and professional record, including a win over Kubrat Pulev. 
“I am more than happy to carry on fighting top 10 fighters like Rivas until I get my well-earned shot at Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua. 
“I can’t wait until July 20 to fight again at The O2 which is one of the best venues in the world for boxing.”
‘‘I have waited for this opportunity for a very long time,” said Rivas. “Dillian Whyte is an excellent boxer, a World class fighter and the number one contender. He deserve all my respect for his accomplishments and I am grateful for the opportunity he is giving me.

“This is exactly the kind of challenge I was hoping to get. I am undefeated, I am planning to keep my perfect record after July 20 in my quest to get the ultimate opportunity to become World champion.”

“This is a great fight with both men coming off explosive late knockouts,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Rivas is undefeated and looking to take Dillian’s number one spot but as we know, The O2 has become a fortress for him of late and this is set to be another war. We are planning a huge night of boxing on July 20 with a monster card topped by the brilliant heavyweight headliner.” 

“First I would like to thank Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing who made a proposal impossible to turn down,” said Yvon Michel, President of Groupe Yvon Michel. “Oscar Rivas was willing to step up and face Anthony Joshua for June in New York and representations were made.

“It might not be his turn now but instead he is extremely happy, to be earning an eventual World title opportunity, by proving he is the best amongst the contenders against the outstanding Dillian Whyte. On July 20 a new star will be born!”

Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing, said: “Dillian Whyte is risking it all again as he battles the dangerous Oscar Rivas at The O2, which has become a happy hunting ground for ‘The Body Snatcher.’“Dillian has already delivered exciting wins over Joseph Parker and Derek Chisora at the same venue, but he could have his hands full against Rivas, the unbeaten Colombian with his own world ambitions.“Expect another enthralling showdown when Whyte returns in the summer, and we expect to have a stacked card before a sizzling main event.”

Tickets for Whyte vs. Rivas are priced £40, £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, £300, £500 and £1,000 VIP.

Tickets are available to purchase for O2 Priority customers on Tuesday 23 April at midday via The O2 (www.theo2.co.uk) and go on sale to Fight Pass members on Wednesday 24 April at midday via StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk)

General Sale tickets are available to purchase at midday on Thursday April 25 from StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk), The O2 (www.theo2.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing (www.matchroomboxing.com
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DOORS 16:45

4 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
FABIO WARDLEY 16st 6lbs 8oz v PHIL WILLIAMS 17st 9lbs 4oz
(Ipswich)                                         (Bristol)
6 x 3 mins Middleweight contest
LINUS UDOFIA 11st 9lbs 8oz v PAVOL GARAJ 11st 7lbs 1oz
(Nigeria)                                      (Slovakia)
12 x 3 mins British Featherweight Championship
RYAN WALSH 8st 13lbs 8oz v REECE BELLOTTI 8st 13lbs 2oz
(Cromer)                                    (Watford)
8 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
DAVID PRICE 18st 1lb 3oz v TOM LITTLE 18st 6lbs 7oz
(Liverpool)                              (Hatfield)
10 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
CARLOS TAKAM 18st 2lbs 1oz v SENAD GASHI 16st 4lbs 1oz
(France)                                         (Germany)
12 x 3 mins WBC Flyweight Championship
CRISTOFER ROSALES 7st 13lbs 8oz v CHARLIE EDWARDS 7st 13lbs 8oz
(Nicaragua)                                               (Croydon)
10 x 3 mins WBA International Light-Heavyweight Championship
JOSHUA BUATSI 12st 6lbs 5oz v RENOLD QUINLAN 12st 3lbs 6oz
(Croydon)                                      (Australia)
12 x 3 mins WBC Silver and WBO International Heavyweight Championships
DILLIAN WHYTE 17st 8lbs 8oz v DEREK CHISORA 17st 8lbs 3oz
(Brixton)                                         (Finchley)

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Eddie Hearn: “There’s a great narrative for this and we didn’t necessarily need it. The first fight was one of the best 12 rounds of action we have ever seen.

“This is the fight people are talking about on the streets. We will get another unbelievable night on Saturday, there is so much at stake. “There is a different vibe. They have shared a ring already. Chisora looks unbelievable – the leanest he has ever looked. “Dillian has improved – he is punching harder. But can he out-box him? It’s about pride. They don’t like each other. It’s about heart. It’s about skill as well, but more about will.”

Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing:

“Here we go again. One of the great fights we’ve seen in recent years – two years ago between Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora, it had to happen again.

“A lot of change has happened in those two years. Both of them are coming off terrific victories in the summer on a wonderful night at The O2. 

“It’s a massive fight three days before Christmas – a real pre Christmas cracker, December 22nd at The O2 and what a time for the both of them as well with Heavyweight boxing the talk around the World.” David Haye, CEO of Hayemaker Boxing: 

“Derek has had opportunities in the past but hasn’t capitalised. Experience tells him that he needs to work hard, and sacrifice. “When he stands on the scales tomorrow, you will see the difference. I have felt his power and presence and ferocity in the ring. “He realises a performance like he produced two years ago won’t be good enough to beat the 2018 version of Whyte. The heat brought to Dillian will put him in an uncomfortable zone. “He will be let off the leash to do some serious damage. I like the energy and intensity of both fighters. Both teams believe they will win this, but I’m glad to be on team Chisora. “Derek is like a stream train going full steam ahead. This fight can only be better than last time, they’re both fitter and faster. “It’s got everything to be another fight of the year.” Dillian Whyte – Brixton, London – 24-1, 17 KO’s – defending his WBC Silver and WBO International Heavyweight titles against Derek Chisora: “He won’t be pounding me, there’s levels to this thing. I’m used to people trying to get into my head. I don’t think even Derek himself knows what he is doing.

“I’ve had good learning fights and there’s still a lot more to come – I’ll fight anybody. I’ll do whatever it takes to get the win, I conserve my energy, I’m relaxed.

“Let Derek do all the talking, you will see on fight night. There’s a different animal in front of him this time. There will be blood on Saturday night.” Derek Chisora – Finchley, London – 24-1, 17 KO’s – challenging Dillian Whyte for his WBC Silver and WBO International Heavyweight titles:

“I am born again. I gave my life to the Lord. By doing that, I became a better person. My good friend David put me through my paces.

“I’ve rebuilt and come back. I’m in a great place. It’s going to be a seek and destroy mission on Saturday. Our game-plan is to bite the gum shield, seek and destroy.

“The tables are screwed down so I can’t move them! I won’t do that anymore. I can’t afford rely on the judges. I will pound him, hit him, pound him, hit him.”

Mark Tibbs, trainer of Dillian Whyte:

“99.9% of the time a good boxer will beat a good brawler. He’s not only just a boxer, he’s a boxer fighter. As long as we get it right on the night, which we will do, we will box and fight our way to a very good victory.”

Don Charles, trainer of Derek Chisora:

“Training camp has gone remarkably well. When different teams get together it’s always a gamble, but I can honestly say that it’s gone really well. 

“I haven’t got an awful lot to say. Tune in on Saturday night and all will be revealed.”

Joshua Buatsi – Croydon, England – 8-0, 6 KO’s – making the second defence of his WBA International Light-Heavyweight title against Renold Quinlan: 

“This is win at all costs. I’ve prepared for ten hard rounds but if I see an opportunity, I’ll be going for it. I feel my team has made it very clear that we’re more than open for these fights.”

Renold Quinlan – Redfern, Australia – 12-3, 8 KO’s – challenging Joshua Buatsi for his WBA International Light-Heavyweight title: “Jumping up to Light-Heavyweight, I feel stronger and more powerful. Everyone will see a different Renold Quinlan on Saturday night. I want to take that belt back home to Australia.” Cristofer Rosales – Managua, Nicaragua – 28-3, 19 KO’s – making the second defence of his WBC Flyweight World title against Charlie Edwards:  “We’re extremely excited about the fight ion Saturday, As Charlie said, it’s his dream and he’s hoping for it to come true. “Well it was my dream and I made it come true, and I don’t want to wake up. I’m here to keep my belt and I won’t leave it here.” Charlie Edwards – Croydon, England – 13-1, 6 KO’s – challenging Cristofer Rosales for the WBC Flyweight World title: “Thanks to Rosales for giving me the shot. I haven’t put a lot of pressure on myself. I believe in myself and believe I will take the belt. “It will be a hard, tough fight, no stone has been left unturned. Two years ago, I was chucked in the deep end and it made me realise what I had to do to become a world level fighter. “This is my time, this will be a dream come true. I believe this is my time.” Ryan Walsh – Cromer, England – 22-2-2, 11 KO’s – making the fifth defence of his British Featherweight title against Reece Bellotti: “I think I have been on the scene a long time. My first British title fight was five years ago. “I made a point to myself that if this is it, I’m going to be the best British Champion I can be. I’m grateful in some ways that everything has played out this way. “I sit here and feel I’m the uncrowned European Champion. But I wouldn’t change anything. I think I’ve got a European title in me at least but I’m fully focused on Bellotti this Saturday. It’s going to be a cracker.”

Reece Bellotti – Watford, England – 13-1, 11 KO’s – challenging Ryan Walsh for the British Featherweight title:

“This is a huge fight for me. It was a big lesson against Doyle. It’s not going to be an easy fight but the styles will gel and I’m going in confident. 

“I got to a stage in my career where I thought I could blast everyone out. The loss was a big lesson and hopefully I can turn it around. “Our styles will gel well, I need a good game-plan and have to bring something different.” David Price – Liverpool, England – 22-6, 18 KO’s – fighting Tom Little in a eight round Heavyweight contest: “I’ve had a fantastic camp. Tom is a serious fighter. The sparring we’ve done before tells me there’s going to be fireworks from the off. May the best man win. “I’m pleased that I’m fighting someone like Tom Little. Tom is a serious fighter and he’s a test. We do gel as styles, so you can look forward to an excellent fight. “If I can get the win, which I’m expecting to, you can take care of the rest, Eddie.” Tom Little – Hatfield, England – 10-6, 3 KO’s – fighting David Price in a eight round Heavyweight contest: “This is a massive opportunity. Everything for me in this sport is a bonus, I’ll go out and let my hands go. I have a heart the size of this building.  “I’m friends with David, he looks in great shape and I’m sure we will deliver a banger. This is a massive step-up, me and David have done many rounds and it was very painful!” Fabio Wardley – Ipswich, England – 4-0, 3 KO’s – fighting Phil Williams in a four round Heavyweight contest:

“I can’t wait to get out there. Thank you to Dillian for bringing me onboard and giving me the opportunity. This is what I’ve been working towards. I’m ready to go out there and show off on the big stage.”

Linus Udofia – Luton, England – 11-0, 6 KO’s – fighting Pavol Garaj in a six round Middleweight contest:

“Thank you for the opportunity to be here. I didn’t go to the Olympics, didn’t really do too much in the amateurs. I’ve just grafted my way up the hard way and I’m happy to be here. This is what I’ve been grafting for a while for – a chance on the big stage.”

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London (18 December 2018) Bitter British heavyweight rivals Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora collide in one of the most eagerly awaited rematches in recent years at The O2 in London on December 22, exclusively live in the UK on Sky Sports Box Office and on DAZN in the US.
The charismatic, unpredictable, but exciting Chisora spoke candidly with Love Island 2018 runner-up Josh Denzel and gave an interesting insight on a number of points around the big-fight this Saturday night.

On the rematch…
The first fight was a great fight but they gave it to him, and I was like, why? because I did more work than this guy and they gave it to him because he’s the home fighter. I kept on saying, I want the rematch, I want the rematch, and they didn’t want to give it to me and they were pushing Dillian towards AJ, and then suddenly people kept saying they want the rematch, so they gave it to me.

On joining Hayemaker…
I joined up with the Hayemaker and he said listen, this is how champions train if you want to be a champion you have to do this work right now and then afterwards you can enjoy the victory.
I got Don my trainer to give me his number, I called him, he didn’t answer, he didn’t answer because he didn’t have my number. I sent him a message, it’s DC, can you call me me, and then after I called him he answered, I said I’m going to come and see you, it’s Dereck Chisora, “Ahh Cool, come meet me at the Park Plaza,” I met him there and had a chat.

On the memorable fight with David Haye…
When I had the argument with David and then the fight, we had the fight and he won and that was it, there was nothing else to talk about, he’s won the fight fair and square so, like, that’s it. And there’s a bit of banter sometimes when I see him, like, I don’t like you’re cane rows…he rocks them nice though!
“When I sat down with him, I said listen, I’ve changed so many things in my life I need a great manager, somebody who can help me achieve that next step, and he looked at me and he’s goes, “If I’m going to do it, I want to do it 100% percent for you.”.

On religion…
I lost the fight in Monaco which I was not supposed to lose and then, as I was giving my interview, something said, you know what?, you just need to give yourself to the Lord. It’s made me a better person.
Like the big man, Tyson (Fury), himself, you listen to his interviews, all I heard him say is “praise God, praise God,” because he went and believed that little bit of Jesus which helped him to come back as a great fighter he is.

On being the baddest man on the planet…
Yes I am, listen, when we get in the ring, people are going realise, WOW! It’s going to be amazing!

On how he got into boxing…
I was fat kid, went to Finchley to box, plus I was under probation for three years, actually the Metropolitan Police paid for my boxing class, they bought my first boxing boot, boxing gloves, headguard, gumshield, everything!

On giving advice to the 16-year-old Derek Chisora…
I would just tell him, listen, just be careful out there and make the right decisions. When you’re 16 people tell you “don’t do that” because they were 16 before…when you’re 16 make the right decisions.

On what next if he beats Whyte…
I’m going to leave the ring, go home, and attack that Christmas Turkey!
It’s my birthday on 29th December…plus it’s my wife’s birthday!

On what fans can expect in the ring on the night…
I’m going to go to war. I hope he’s ready to go where I’m ready to go. If he’s not, he’s stupid. I’m coming. Hunt him down, just go hit him, hit him, just hit him, hit him and hit and hit and hit and pounce and pounce, pounce, pounce, pounce!

Watch Dillian Whyte vs Derek Chisora 2, from The O2, London, on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office, from 6pm. Book it via your Sky remote or www.sky.com/boxoffice

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Croydon star meets tough Aussia on Whyte vs. Chisora 2 undercard
Joshua Buatsi will defend his WBA International Light-Heavyweight title against Australia’s Renold Quinlan at The O2 in London on December 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.
Buatsi won the title in spectacular fashion when he destroyed Andrejs Pokumeiko inside one round at The O2 in July before blitzing Frenchman Tony Averlant in the opening round at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle in September. 
The 25-year-old Croydon star is hoping that former IBO Super-Middleweight Champion Quinlan will take him rounds. December 22 will be Quinlan’s second fight in the UK, he took Chris Eubank Jr. ten rounds when they clashed at the Olympia last year. 
“Renold Quinlan is a good solid fighter,” said Buatsi. “I’m hoping that he will give me the rounds that I need because my last two fights have gone early. He’s a very tough man and a proud Australian, he’ll be coming to fight. This isn’t about the title, it’s about getting the experience under my belt and pushing on.”
“I’ve seen bits of Buatsi and he’s nothing special,” said Quinlan. “He hasn’t fought anyone like me yet and I can’t wait to give him a great fight. I’m delighted to be returning to the UK on such a big card and I’ll be putting on a great performance for all my UK fans.”
Buatsi vs. Quinlan is part of a huge night of boxing in the capital.
Main event sees fierce Heavyweight rivals Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora rematch after their Fight of the Year contender in December 2016.
Charlie Edwards gets a second shot at a World title when he challenges Cristofer Rosales for the WBC Flyweight World title, David Price and Tom Little meet in a must-win Heavyweight clash and British Featherweight Champion Ryan Walsh puts his Lonsdale belt on the line against Watford’s Reece Bellotti. 

Very limited tickets for Whyte vs. Chisora 2 are available to purchase from StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk), The O2 (www.theo2.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing (www.matchroomboxing.com)

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Heavyweights meet on Whyte vs. Chisora 2 undercard
David Price and Tom Little meet on the undercard of the crunch Heavyweight rematch between Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora at The O2 in London on December 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.

Liverpool puncher Price has suffered back-to-back stoppage defeats, each time on Anthony Joshua’s undercards, and admits he will be fighting for his career when he meets Hatfield’s Little next month. 

He was stopped by Alexander Povetkin after initially flooring the Russian last March. Then a fight against Sergey Kuzmin in September was cut short when Price suffered an injury.

The 35-year-old is determined to prove that he can still mix it with the top Heavyweights and is aiming to end 2018 on a high as he bids to return to title contention. 

Little, 31, has previously shared the ring with Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze medallist Filip Hrgovic and fast-rising Heavyweight talent Daniel Dubois, who he took five rounds before being stopped in June.

“This is a real fight,” said Price. “He’s well schooled now and he’s also as tough and game as they come. I can’t go from fighting the likes of Alexander Povetkin and Sergiy Kuzmin to fighting knock-over jobs because I need the threat in front of me.

“I know Tom Little really well and he knows me. We’ve done lots of rounds of sparring and I’ve seen him improve a lot during that time. He’s certainly closed the gap that was between us when we first started sparring.

“With the Heavyweight division, there are big fights everywhere. There are so many big names around and they all need dance partners. There are massive opportunities for the winner of this fight on offer.

“What awaits the victor is part of what will make this a cracking fight. Tom has a couple of losses in his last couple of fights and so do I, so we’re both fighting for our careers in this one.”

“I’m delighted and privileged to be fighting on such a great card,” said Little. “This is a massive PPV show on a massive platform in Sky Sports. I’m fighting a huge name and it’s a dream come true to be honest. 

“Not to discredit David but I think his last couple of losses have taken a lot out of him and that will be the difference on the night. I think I’m mentally stronger than David, he’s going to let his last couple of defeats get to him whereas I’m just eager to put them behind me and move on.
“I’m willing to go to them deep and dark places to get the win. I’m expecting a very rough fight, it’s going to steal the show. One way or the other, this fight won’t be going the distance.”

Price vs. Little is part of a huge night of boxing in the capital.
Main event sees fierce Heavyweight rivals Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora rematch after their Fight of the Year contender in December 2016.
Charlie Edwards gets a second shot at a World title when he challenges Cristofer Rosales for the WBC Flyweight World title and British Featherweight Champion Ryan Walsh puts his Lonsdale belt on the line against Watford’s Reece Bellotti, with further exciting fights to be announced soon.

Tickets for Whyte vs. Chisora 2 are priced £40, £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, £300 and £600 (Inner Ring VIP)

General Sale tickets are available to purchase from StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk), The O2 (www.theo2.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing (www.matchroomboxing.com)

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Featherweight rivals clash on Whyte vs. Chisora 2 undercard
Ryan Walsh defends his British Featherweight title against Reece Bellotti at The O2 in London on December 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US. 
The Cromer star won the Lord Lonsdale belt outright when he stopped Belfast’s Marco McCullough at the Copper Box Arena in May 2017 before drawing with Manchester’s Isaac Lowe in his next defence of the title on the George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr. undercard earlier this year. 
Bellotti, a former Commonwealth and WBC International Silver Featherweight Champion, is hot on the comeback trail after his shock defeat to Ryan Doyle at York Hall in June and hopes a British title win will signal the beginning of a new chapter in his career. 
“Bellotti is a young, fresh prospect and I rate him highly,” said Walsh. “He’s got a lot about him and he’s very dangerous, not just because he can punch but because he’s lost. He’ll want to prove himself to everyone.
“I was trying to get the Bellotti fight when he was the Commonwealth Champion. He was on the up and he was a Champion, ideally I would have got him then and won the Commonwealth but I’m glad we’re getting in on now.
“Bellotti will be another Commonwealth Champion that I’ve fought. Lowe was a Commonwealth Champion and so was McCullough. James Tennyson got a win over McCullough and went on to fight for a World title so you never know what will happen in this sport.”
“The British title has always been the title that I’ve wanted to get my hands on,” said Bellotti. “Every kid starting out in boxing wants to win it eventually. Obviously the main goal is to win a World title but the Lonsdale belt is a very prestigious title.
“I’ve got my chance now and I’m looking forward to it. This will be the toughest fight of my career by a million miles. I’ve watched Walsh for years, I was at the Copper Box Arena when he won the belt outright against McCullough. 
“He’s a tough, well-rounded professional and I’m expecting a really good fight. I’ve learnt massive lessons from my loss against Ryan Doyle and hopefully winning this title will signal the start of a new chapter of my career.”
Walsh vs. Bellotti is part of a huge night of boxing in the capital.
Main event sees fierce Heavyweight rivals Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora rematch after their Fight of the Year contender in December 2016.
Charlie Edwards gets a second shot at a World title when he challenges Cristofer Rosales for the WBC Flyweight World title, with further exciting fights to be announced soon.
Tickets for Whyte vs. Chisora 2 are priced £40, £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, £300 and £600 (Inner Ring VIP)

General Sale tickets are available to purchase from StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk), The O2 (www.theo2.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing

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Surrey man gets second World title shot on Whyte vs. Chisora 2 card
Charlie Edwards will challenge Cristofer Rosales for the WBC World Flyweight Championship on the undercard of Dillian Whyte vs. Derek Chisora 2 at The O2 in London on December 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.
Edwards has already challenged for a World title when he met John Riel Casimero for the IBF Flyweight crown, gamely taking the talented Filipino ten rounds in London in September 2016. The 25-year-old has racked up five straight wins since his first professional defeat and is ready to seize his second shot at World title glory.
Powerful Nicaraguan Roasales stopped Daigo Higa to claim the vacant WBC World title in Japan before destroying hometown hero Paddy Barnes in four rounds at Windsor Park in August, and now the 24-year-old plans on silencing The O2 by delivering another devastating performance on December 22.
“I’m delighted to get a shot at the WBC World Flyweight title and I won’t be wasting this opportunity,” said Edwards. “I’ve come on a lot since the Casimero defeat and I’ll show that on December 22 by taking the WBC Flyweight World title home with me. 

“I’ve mixed it with a two-weight, legit World champion and it’s done me the World of good. I’ve come on in leaps and bounds since then and I can’t wait to step up to that level again.

“Rosales is a tough man but he’s beatable and we’re already working on a game-plan. I’m heading into this fight with the experience of already challenging for a World title and that will benefit me greatly. 

“My first shot at a World title was a huge gamble but this time I’m ready and I’ll be bringing that belt home with me. I’m in this sport to take on the best and December 22 will be my first World title win of many.”
 “This is a great fight and huge opportunity for Charlie to win the WBC title,” said Eddie Hearn. “We saw Rosales’ devastating KO over Paddy Barnes this summer and he has become an impressive Champion. Charlie will have the London crowd behind him as he looks to make history on a huge night of boxing.”
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Whyte-Chisora II – 22nd December

Bitter Heavyweight rivals rematch at The O2
Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora meet in one of the most highly-anticipated Heavyweight rematches in recent times at The O2 in London on December 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.
The date will mark just over two years since their epic Fight of the Year contender at Manchester Arena, where Whyte edged out Chisora via a controversial split decision after 12 relentless rounds of brutal action. 
Since that night, Brixton’s Whyte has gone from strength to strength, and now finds himself on the cusp of World title action after big wins over Australia’s Lucas Browne and New Zealand’s Jospeh Parker.
Whyte destroyed Lucas Browne with a devastating sixth round KO in March before dropping and outpointing former WBO Champion Parker in a gruelling contest at The O2 in July to bolster his claim for a World title fight. 
Finchley star Chisora has been gunning for a rematch with ‘The Bodysnatcher’ ever since their first memorable meeting and finally gets the chance to avenge his loss against the WBC Silver Champion in an eagerly-anticipated Christmas cracker. 
A rejuvenated Chisora is back on the World title hunt after sensationally stopping former World title challenger Carlos Takam in eight rounds on the undercard of Whyte’s clash with Parker at The O2 in July.
Chisora, now managed by old foe David Haye, has long maintained that he did enough to beat Whyte in their first meeting and has promised to take it out of the judges’ hands by knocking out Whyte when they meet again in December. 
“This is going to be the donkey’s final destination,” said Whyte. “This will be Chisora’s last fight, the donkey’s last ride. I think that he needs to really have a good think about taking this fight because he’s going to be heading home after the fight looking like he’s been run over by a truck. I believe that I’ll knock him out in devastating fashion this time. Last time was my first 12 rounder and I was a little bit inexperienced but this time I’ll know exactly what to do. He’s at the end of the road.
“This is Heavyweight boxing and you never know what’s around the corner, but I’ve done what I need to do to secure a shot at a World title. There’s always something getting in the way, other fights being made or money and politics ruining things, but after I finish Chisora nobody can deny me my shot.”
“On Saturday 22nd December, you will all witness exactly what ‘WAR’ Chisora is about,” said Chisora. “I’m not messing, I’m not playing at boxing. Dillian has spent the last two years avoiding getting back in the ring with me. He knows exactly what it feels like to go toe-to-toe with me. For the next 7 weeks he will have sleepless nights knowing what he has finally signed up to. His last couple of opponents didn’t come for battle, they didn’t even put heat on Dillian, on December 22nd I’m coming to burn him up!
“I was cheated in our first fight by the judges, everyone knows that I was the true victor. This time I have a score to settle, Dillian won’t be hearing the final bell to be saved by the judges. I will be stepping in the ring a different fighter. I have everything to prove and it all to lose. ‘Dell Boy’ is no more, ‘WAR’ Chisora doesn’t cut corners, he doesn’t skip sessions, he doesn’t look for the easy option. I’m in the gym every day pushing my body to its limit. I’m in complete control of my destiny, December 22nd will be WAR.”
“The first fight was one of the best Heavyweight fights we have ever seen and I believe the rematch can eclipse even that,” said Eddie Hearn. “Both fighters enter this fight in their best form ever with everything on the line. We are guaranteed an absolute war on December 22 at The O2 and I cannot wait!”
David Haye, CEO of Hayemaker Boxing and manager of Chisora, said: “Without question there is a different fire in the eyes of ‘WAR’ Chisora, for two years he has wanted to settle the score with Dillian and finally he has the opportunity to do this. He has embraced everything we have thrown at him. Derek has huge untapped potential, the fact he has reached out to me, someone historically he had such animosity with for help demonstrates the lengths he is willing to go in order to realise the best version of himself.
“Dillian is going to be stepping in the ring with a completely different Derek ‘WAR’ Chisora, a fresh focus, a new outlook and an incredible desire to capture the World Heavyweight Title. This will be WAR.”
Tickets for Whyte vs. Chisora 2 are priced £40, £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, £300 and £600 (Inner Ring VIP)

Tickets are available to purchase now for O2 Priority customers via www.theo2.co.uk and go on sale to Fight Pass members on Friday 2 November at 1.00pm via www.stubhub.co.uk

General Sale tickets are available to purchase at 1.00pm on Saturday November 3 from StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk), The O2 (www.theo2.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing (www.matchroomboxing.com)

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Eddie Hearn: “Dillian Whyte’s career is on a ferocious upward curve right now, and the ‘Body Snatcher’ has grasped the chance to fight former World champion Joseph Parker with both hands.
“Dillian could easily have sat back and waited for his shot at WBC king Deontay Wilder, but the Brixton man is not one to wait patiently in line. Behind Wilder and Anthony Joshua, Dillian is the biggest name in the division and he’s top of the ‘who needs him’ club at Heavyweight as a dangerous customer that can beat anyone on his day.
“Joseph is a softly spoken and likeable man – but make no mistake that in the ring, he’s all business and has bad intentions for Dillian – this is a real 50-50 contest and I’ve no doubt that the winner will be in World title action very soon.”
Dillian Whyte: “Joseph is a fighting man, that’s his heritage, but he’s short of options. He could have gone to USA to fight Bryant Jennings for a small purse and no attention or come to the UK in front of a sell-out crowd and get better pay and a more prestigious fight.
“He’s motivated – he knows beating me gets him close to another shot at AJ, so that’s what makes him dangerous: “if I do Dillian, I’m back in the big time again” – but he’s got to get past me first.
“For me, it’s progressing my career. You have to have consistency and be active, keep fighting, go through training camps. It doesn’t matter how small the progress is, as long as you keep progressing then you will improve and grow. I’m getting better, stronger, smarter… I’m like a fine wine in the cellar, ageing, maturing and tasting sweeter.
Joseph Parker: “We had options on the table and Dillian had a fight with Pulev lined up. Credit to David Higgins and Eddie Hearn, they did a tremendous job in locking the fight in really fast. When you have two fighters that want to fight each other that makes it easier for the business men.
“David is a great promoter and he looks after me, he’s done a tremendous job getting me yet another great fight. It was important to get back in the ring in another big fight straight away.
Dillian is on the cusp of fighting for a World title and beating him would put me right back at that top table.
“I haven’t seen the best of me yet, there’s a lot more to come. It’s a case of getting more experience, learning in the gym and working on my craft, making improvements gradually.
“There won’t be any excuses from me. I’m here to do damage and I’m here to punch with bad intentions. I’m going to break him down and he’s going to take a lot of punches. He’s been talking a lot of smack in the build up and I believe that is a sign of self doubt. I hope he’s ready to take a lot of punches because I’m going to give it to him real bad. He thinks I can’t go to war, lets wait and see.”
Katie Taylor: “Kimberly is my mandatory challenger and I cannot wait to get in there and showcase my skills again, hopefully with an impressive performance.
“I have big dreams and big goals. I would love to become the undisputed champion. There’s two more belts to go and I’m very, very hungry for them.
“I have the WBA and IBF belt but that’s only the start for me. I hope to be the undisputed champion soon and the next few months are going to be really exciting for me.”
Kimberly Connor: “This is a whole new World for me coming over here and being involved in such a huge show. Katie has accomplished a lot and I have huge respect for her. I’m really looking forward to fighting her. I’m the massive underdog in this fight and I’m coming to take those belts home with me.”
Carlos Takam: “I’m very glad to be back here in the UK. When I was offered the fight against Dereck I immediately accepted it. Dereck is as tough as they come and I’m prepared for a tough night.”
Dereck Chisora: “Carlos took AJ rounds, he’s a tough guy so this is no walk in the park – it’s a marathon. He goes rounds with good fighters so I know that I’ve got 12 rounds ahead of me. They asked for this at the beginning of the year but there was no right slot for it at that time.
“I know it’s going to be a long night, there’s no two ways about it. I didn’t learn anything from his AJ fight as he was fighting a different game than he’ll bring tonight, I just want him to be in front of me so we can have a good time.
Nick Webb: “I’m really excited about this weekend and doing the job. It’s a great opportunity for me to progress towards the British title. I’m going to break him down and finish him.
“Everyone knows Dave and everyone loves him, I like him too, but this is business and I’m going to show him what I’m all about.
“We are competitors and I’m there to take him out. The fight has come out of nowhere a bit but I’ve always wanted the fight. We’ve always traded words over social media so it’s good to finally get him in the ring.”
Dave Allen: “Eddie offered Joe Joyce to fight Nick. Then my name was mentioned in an interview if that was off so I sent Eddie a message straight away.
“Who wouldn’t want to be part of another big PPV show? I’ve been involved in a few now and I couldn’t say no when I knew there was an option to fight on this card.
“Win, lose or draw this is going to be my last fight for a while. People might say that’s not the best thing to say before a big fight, but it’ll help drive that extra 10 per cent out of me. I’ve been in some good, hard fights in recent years and I think it’s time to rest up and revitalise myself.
Conor Benn: “I’m ready for this fight. This is almost like a hindrance on my career, I know I’ll beat him on my worst day. Nothing was right for me that night or lead up to that first fight.
“I was jetlagged coming back from New York. I didn’t think I was going to fight when I come back – I thought the year was done so my weight wasn’t too great and my face suffered an allergic reaction out there as well.
“I need to prove that I’m a level above my opponent here. I’m ready to box. I know I can box and I’m ready to have it and entertain the British public.”
Anthony Fowler: “I’m the hungriest that I’ve ever been. I’m fighting an ambitious 8-0 prospect in Craig O’Brien who won’t want to lose his unbeaten record. These are the kind of fights that I want to be involved in at this stage of my career. This is the fight where everyone is going to see what I’m really about.
“It’s great to be fighting on another Dillian Whyte undercard. I put on a good show last time out at The O2 and I’ll be looking to do the same tonight. This is the biggest test of my pro career to date and I’m ready to go to war if I have to.
“The plan is to keep on winning and to fight for a belt towards the end of the year. I haven’t got a specific title in mind, I just want a belt wrapped around my waist by the end of 2018.”
Joshua Buatsi: “I’m excited to be fighting for my first pro title. Knowing that a belt is on the line has helped fuel the hours and hours of hard work that I have been putting in to my training.
“I really thrive when I fight at The O2 and I’m looking to turn it into my Lion’s Den. I love fighting here and I’m going to put on a memorable performance for all of my fans.
“My team have the experience and the knowledge to guide my career and to make the correct decisions which allows me to prepare and continue to improve.”

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