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Veteran heavyweights Dereck Chisora and Gerald Washington will face-off at the O2 Arena next weekend, Matchroom Boxing have confirmed.
The pair are set for a ten-round heavyweight contest on the undercard of Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte‘s rematch in the capital.
Chisora, 33-13(23KOs), hasn’t fought since suffering a ten-round beatdown in a trilogy fight with Tyson Fury in December last year.
The 39 year old has last four of his last five fights but remains eager to continue his 16 year career.
California’s Washington, 20-5-1(13KOs), has also suffered three stoppage defeats in his last four and most recently lost in eight rounds to Turkish heavyweight Ali Eden Demirezen.
The American most notably challenged fellow countryman Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title in February 2017 when he was dropped and stopped in round five.
A night for the heavyweights
Former two-time heavyweight champion Joshua (25-3, 22KOs) looks to repeat his seventh-round knockout of old adversary Whyte (29-3, 19KOs) from 2015 as the pair begin to plot a path to world titles once again.
Both hold victories over America’s Jermaine Franklin in their most recent fights – Whyte won a contentious majority-decision in November while Joshua won handily on points in April – after suffering defeats in separate world title fights last year.
Finchley’s Joshua suffered a second consecutive defeat to Oleksandr Usyk as he failed to regain his unified heavyweight titles in August.
Whyte meanwhile was stopped in six to WBC champion Fury four months prior.
The card also features Croatian heavyweight Filip Hrgovic (15-0, 12KOs) who faces Australia’s Demsey McKean (22-0, 14KOs) over ten.
Hrgovic is ranked number one challenger under the IBF.
Popular Brentwood heavyweight Johnny Fisher (9-0, 8KOs) is also scheduled to appear, facing Camden’s Harry Armstrong (5-1-1) for the vacant Southern Area title over the ten-round distance.