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Danny Williams vs Derek Chisora on Feb 13

British Heavyweight Champion Danny Williams has now confirmed that he will face Derek Chisora on The Night of the Champions at Wembley Arena on February 13. Williams didn't show at yesterday's press conference to announce the fight, leaving his manager Mickey Helliet to explain that Williams needed more time to decide if he wanted to the fight the unbeaten young prospect. Helliet contacted Frank Warren's matchmaker Dean Powell this morning to confirm that Williams will definately be putting his Lonsdale belt on the line against Chisora..

But Chisora, who is replacing the injured Sam Sexton, thinks that Williams was just trying to unsettle him ahead of first title fight by playing mind games.

"Danny thinks I'm just some young puppy who's wet behind the ears," said Chisora

"He's been around the sport a long time now, too long in my opinion, and he is up to his old tricks by trying to mess with my head,"

"It was like telling Sam Sexton that he was shot fighter and that he was going to retire after the fight,"

"I know that I'm young and untested, but this is the test I need - similar to when Danny stepped up to fight the then British champ Julius Francis,"

"This is the business we are in and I want to face the top guy in the food chain which is Danny,"

"I'm delighted that he's now decided that he's going to fight me because I'm going to really smash this guy to pieces,"

"Danny Williams is the scalp I want on my record and my name will be the last ever fight on his record after I retire him once and for all,"

Night of the Champions features the exciting heavyweight showdown between British heavyweight champion Danny Williams and Derek Chisora; Kevin Mitchell's WBO Intercontinental Lightweight title defence; Nathan Cleverly versus Antonio Brancalion for the Vacant European Light-Heavyweight title; Olympic Champion James DeGale and former World Amateur Champion Frankie Gavin; plus hot prospects Vinny Mitchell and Liam, Michael and Ryan Walsh.

Tickets priced at £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150, are available from:

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010
LIVERPOOL ECHO ARENA

THE SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF GREAT BRITAIN
Paul Smith v Tony Dodson

THE VACANT WBA INTERNATIONAL LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Tony Bellew v TBA

Plus: Stephen Smith, Liams Smith, Ronnie Heffron, Thomas Costello, Joe Selkirk, Tobias Webb.


Chisora replaces injured Sexton; Cleverly challenges for European title

Frank Warren's big Night of the Champions show at Wembley Arena on February 13 has just got bigger! Rising heavyweight star Derek Chisora has got a dream shot at the British heavyweight title after Sam Sexton was ruled out of his clash with Danny Williams with a hand injury. Sexton had been due to challenge British king Williams, but cut his hand during training. Instead unbeaten hot prospect "Del Boy" Chisora, who was due to meet Matt Skelton for the Southern Area title, will get to prove his himself against the experienced Brixton warrior. The pair had been due to meet for the British title last year, but the fight didn't come off.

Now it's on though and Chisora, who holds already holds a win over Sexton, is promising a KO display.

"It was my own fault that the fight with Williams didn't go ahead, and I've been kicking myself ever since," said Chisora.

"I wasn't expecting to get this chance, but I'll take it with both hands.

"Williams is a dangerous fighter but I'll face anyone Frank Warren puts in front of me.

"This is a massive opportunity to really make a statement and become the top man in Britain.

Williams - who plans to retire win, lose or draw - said he would go out with a bang.

"Chisora has got a reputation as a biter, but then so did Mike Tyson and look what happened to him," he said.

"I don't care whether I fight Sam Sexton, Derek Chisora or King Kong, I'm going to war one last time and I'll put it all on the line."

In another change to the Wembley card, Welsh star Nathan Cleverly will now challenge for the European light-heavyweight title against Antonio Brancalion after the Italian's promotional team couldn't stage the fight.

The Welsh star is the current British and Commonwealth champion and is looking to fight for a world title before the year is out.

Kell Brook's WBO world title eliminator against Poland's Krzysztof Bienias will now go ahead at the Liverpool Echo Arena on March 12.

Brook, the Boxing Writers Young Boxer of the Year and hot tip for 2010, is also chasing a world title this year.

Finally, Olympian Billy Joe Saunders has had to withdraw from the Wembley show because the hand injury sustained in his last fight in December has not healed yet.

A new date for Saunders will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the Night of the Champions priced at £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150, are available from:

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Article posted on 22.01.2010



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