Both men find their careers on a knife-edge going into the bout, with Finchley man and former world title challenger Chisora seeking a big win to fire his name into the mix for major title fights.
Takam is back in the UK following his spirited challenge against Anthony Joshua for the IBF and WBA world titles at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff in October. The Frenchman came in at 10 days’ notice to replace Kubrat Pulev and became the first man to take Joshua into the championship rounds before getting stopped in the tenth. That sterling performance followed hot on the heels of giving Whyte’s opponent in London, Joseph Parker, a real test in his New Zealand backyard in May 2016, being edged out on points by the Kiwi.
With Chisora ranked at number 10 in the WBC and Takam in at number six with the IBF, the winner will be hunting for world honours later in the year, but for the loser, it will look like curtains at elite level – and that makes it must-win for both men.
“I’m delighted to get another big heavyweight clash over the line for July 28 – this is a great fight,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “For Del Boy, it’s a real last chance saloon at world level and for Takam it’s a chance to push for another world title shot after a string showing against AJ. July 28 is going to be a huge night of boxing at The O2.”
Chisora and Takam clash on a massive night at The O2, as Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker meet in a heavyweight blockbuster.
Kell Brook fights Brandon Cook in a world super-welterweight title eliminator, Katie Taylor defends her WBA and IBF world lightweight titles against Kimberly Conor, Conor Benn and Cedric Peynaud rematch after their exciting brawl in 2017, this time with a title on the line, and Joshua Buatsi steps up in his first 10 rounder against former British light-heavyweight title challenger Ricky Summers.