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Chisora signs up for tough Wilder test

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Dereck Chisora beat Hector Avila in his last outing © Getty Images
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Dereck Chisora has agreed to fight unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder at Wembley Arena on June 15.

Chisora, who was unimpressive on his last appearance inside the ring in April, will hope to boost his chances of a future world title shot by defeating American Wilder - who demolished Audley Harrison, in what turned out to be the Olympic champion's final professional fight, on his previous outing.

Wilder has knocked out all 28 of his previous opponents, but Chisora has promised to "drown him" in the ring next month.

"I needed something like this," Chisora said. "I first saw him [Wilder] when he came on the scene two years ago. I said to my trainer that he would be great opponent for me, and now he is my opponent.

"I'm extra motivated; the fight is going to be great for the boxing fans. I don't like to fight nobodies.

"You're going to see a great Dereck in the fight; it's going to be a masterpiece.

"We're going to push him, we're going to take him to the deep end and drown him."

Chisora's recent record is far from inspiring - he has lost four of his past six fights - but he insists Wilder's perfect record has been inflated by bouts with a succession of talentless heavyweights.

"The problem with his 28-0, I wish [promoter] Frank Warren had done that for me - given me a couple of cab drivers to knock out so I could be 20-0," Chisora added.

"But that was not my idea when I came on the boxing scene. I always told Frank I didn't want to fight nobodies, I wanted to fight great fighters."

Warren believes the fight guarantees to be an exciting one.

"He's a big puncher, he's had more fights than Dereck but Dereck has been in with much better opposition and maybe they think if they stop Dereck it will move him up the rankings," he said.

"He's an exciting fighter, Wilder. He doesn't come to mess around and the two styles will gel on the night and you'll get a proper war."

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