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Chisora ready for Price or Fury

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Dereck Chisora returns to London's Copperbox Arena on February 8 © PA Photos
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Derek Chisora has been confirmed to fight at London's Copperbox Arena on February 8, where he hopes to challenge either British champion David Price or Tyson Fury.

Chisora enjoyed a knockout win over Ondrej Pala at the same venue on Saturday, which marked his fourth victory of 2013.

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However, 'Del Boy' is now targeting a world title shot and hopes to take on one of his rival British heavyweights when he returns to the Copperbox in 2014.

"I've got myself into fantastic condition and I'm doing the business in the ring, now it's all steam ahead for the world title," Chisora told promoter Frank Warren's official website. "I don't care who's in the opposite corner on February 8, it can be David Price or Tyson Fury, I want that world title and if either of them are in my way they are getting knocked out.

"I'm happy with the win on Saturday night against Pala and now I'm focused on finally becoming world champion next year and bringing the world title back to Britain.

"Pala gave it a good go and did land some shots early on, but remember he was the third replacement opponent and then when I turned on the power in the third round I got him out of there. I'm pleased with the performance but there is still plenty of room for improvement.

"I started the year without a boxing license and through hard work and determination I've ended the year as the European, WBO Intercontinental and WBA International champion and now I'm in pole position for a world title shot next year."

Price, who has lost his last two fights to American Tony Thompson, is now obligated to fight Chisora after Warren won the purse bid. The Brit returns to action on December 14 in Germany, where he faces Evgeny Orlov.

Chisora previously lost to Fury on points in their 2011 bout at Wembley Arena.

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