It was revealed last month by NoSmokeBoxing that the front runner to face Chisora was indeed Kownacki. Derek Chisora was considering his promotional and network options after a long tenure with Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn on Sky Sports and most recently on DAZN.
He was in conversations with Boxxer but after a lack of interesting options, he decided to stay with Matchroom.
Derek Chisora Next Fight & Opponent
We can now confirm that the British Heavyweight Derek Chisora today signed his contract to face Poland’s Adam Kownacki on July 9 at The O2 Arena London. Chisora vs Kownacki will be an Eddie Hearn/Matchroom Boxing promoted event live on sports streaming service DAZN.
It was revealed several days ago that Chisora or Conor Benn would headline this card and now it’s been confirmed as Chisora.
Derek Chisora (32-12) is coming off 3 defeats in major events against Usyk and Parker who are elite heavyweights. Kownacki is a step-down but still a 5-50 contest. Chisora has boxed the best fighters across a decade or more and arguably should’ve beaten Helenius, Whyte, and Parker. Accompanying that is a career-best win against Carlos Takam and tight decision losses.
Should Chisora still have anything left at fringe world level or above, he should be beating the likes of Kownacki but after his most recent performance against Parker there is strong doubts whether he has much left at all.
A look into Derek Chisora’s opponent: Adam Kownacki
Brooklyn-Based Polish Heavyweight Adam Kownacki (20-2) was a strong contender to either face Deontay Wilder or challenge for a world heavyweight title till he suffered an upset defeat to Robert Helenius. Kownacki suffered a second, consecutive, conclusive defeat to Helenius in the rematch on the Fury Wilder 3 undercard.
The main factor in this fight is what do Derek Chisora and Adam Kownacki have left? The styles gell perfectly for an absolute slugfest like we saw with Kownacki-Arreola and Whyte Chisora but do they still have the durability to that throughout the fight?
Adam Kownacki will make his debut in the European and British markets and for the first time in his career he will fight during Primetime in his country. This could also make great economic sense due to both Chisora and Kownacki’s commercial values and the recent success of Poland’s Michal Cieslak in bringing a fan base to the O2 Arena.
Should Kownacki be able to replicate or one better Cieslak’s London drawing power, then this fight could sell upwards of 10k tickets in London. Furthermore, Eddie Hearn recently revealed in a podcast that Okolie-Cieslak was a huge viewing success in DAZN Poland and therefore DAZN may be interested in building on this success with another big Polish star against a British draw in Chisora.
Derek Chisora vs Adam Kownacki Undercard
Y12 Boxing announced earlier this month that Michael Soro would rematch Israil Madrimov on the Chisora-Kownacki undercard after the controversial ending of the first fight.
Felix Cash also revealed via his Instagram that he would return to the ring in early July in London and this is more than certainly this card.
Dalton Smith may fight for the British Super-Lightweight title on this card as well, possibly against Kane gardener.
Should they get through comfortably you may see some of the prospects on the Joshua Buatsi vs Craig Richards undercard on this card and maybe even 2020 Olympic Gold Medalist Galal Yafai? This headliner will likely be a strong sell in London and would be a premium offering on DAZN UK.
Derek Chisora vs Adam Kownacki: July 9 at The O2 Arena, London Live on DAZN