Dereck Chisora to fight unbeaten Ukrainian Andriy Rudenko next month
Dereck Chisora will take on the unbeaten Andriy Rudenko at the Copper Box Arena in London on February 15.
Last Updated: 02/01/14 4:32pm
Chisora is expected to put his European heavyweight title on the line against the dangerous Ukrainian, who has a perfect 25-0 record but will be fighting on foreign soil for only the second time.
British heavyweight Chisora won all four of his bouts in 2013 by knockout, and he is confident of extending that record as he bids to earn a shot at world champion Wladimir Klitschko later this year.
He said: "Let this be the year that I get an opportunity at the world heavyweight title and bring it back to Britain.
"Rudenko is a great start to the year for me, he's a strong, powerful and undefeated challenger who's got his own ambitions for the world title and will be coming over here to knock me out.
"I couldn't get to the Klitschko brothers, they didn't want to know about me. Vitali retired and vacated the title, but good luck to him and his political ambitions.
"I gave him a hard twelve rounds when we met and next time round he wouldn't have come away with the title. Wladimir looks like he'll be around for a little while longer and I've got unfinished business to settle with him so I want to get to him and finish him off.
"So for now I'm facing the Klitschko clone in Rudenko. This man can punch, he's gone the last five years knocking everybody out apart from one, but he's not carrying on with that run against me.
"The threat level goes up and so does my performance. I'll be at my sharpest against him and you'll see another destruction job from me.
"I'm at an ideal fighting weight, the flow of punches and power are coming together, the 2014 Dereck Chisora is going to be a real force to be reckoned with."