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Derek Chisora offers to fight Audley Harrison

Derek Chisora
Chisora, 26, is irked by what he feels are empty promises from his fellow Brits

British heavyweight champion Derek Chisora has offered to fight European champion Audley Harrison should the WBA title holder David Haye choose not to.

Harrison demanded on Tuesday that world champion Haye sign up for a November bout in Manchester after claiming terms had been agreed between the promoters.

Haye - whose next move is unknown - has not properly responded to Harrison, leading Chisora to step in.

"Make your mind up. I'll knock Harrison out if you can't do it," said Chisora.

Haye, who made a successful first defence against John Ruiz in April, said last week that his promotion team were working hard to get a "quality opponent" for October or November.

The future of British heavyweight boxing is me, not an old man like Harrison

Derek Chisora

He also promised his next move would soon become clearer in a video released on his Twitter feed before sending a Tweet which makes reference to Harrison - whom Haye's manager Adam Booth said in June was a possibility - without confirming any plans to fight him.

The 29-year-old Londoner has also been in talks with the Klitschko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir, regarding a unification fight later this year - but those negotiations appeared to reach a stalemate, much to the bewilderment of the rest of the boxing community.

"You are running away from the Klitschko brothers like a thief in the night," stated Chisora on Friday. "If you can't beat a powder puff like Harrison, you should pack up.

"Harrison still hasn't won the British title that he promised to do inside eight fights when he turned pro.

"He's now had 27 fights, I've got the British title so if he wants to finally come good on his promise here's his chance. To be honest, I can't believe he's close to getting a world title shot after needing a lucky punch to beat Michael Sprott.


"If he gets in the ring with me, I'll knock him spark out.

"The future of British heavyweight boxing is me, not an old man like Harrison."

Chisora will defend his British title against Commonwealth champion Sam Sexton on 18 September as part of Frank Warren's Magnificent Seven card at the LG Arena in Birmingham.

see also
Harrison calls for Haye showdown
24 Aug 10 |  Boxing
Haye and Harrison camps in talks
08 Jun 10 |  Boxing
Chagaev targets Haye title tilt
22 May 10 |  Boxing
Last-gasp Harrison stops Sprott
09 Apr 10 |  Boxing
Haye set to start Klitschko talks
13 Apr 10 |  Boxing
Harrison eyes Klitschko brothers
22 Feb 10 |  Boxing
Haye stops Ruiz to retain title
03 Apr 10 |  Boxing
Harrison wins Prizefighter title
03 Oct 09 |  Boxing

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