Boxing: Haye left in the shade as Chisora gets Klitschko call

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Dereck Chisora will get his shot at world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on 30 April after last month's bout was called off. Klitschko, the IBF, IBO, WBO and Ring magazine champion, had been due to defend his belts against the untested Londoner in Germany on 11 December until a stomach injury forced him to pull out at the last minute.

The news leaves WBA champion David Haye's future unclear. Chisora's fellow Londoner has been in protracted negotiations with Klitschko over a unification bout and they had looked like meeting in April or May until yesterday's announcement.

"This news is a fantastic late Christmas present," said Chisora, the British and Commonwealth champion. "I always believed that I would fight Klitschko, and my faith has been repaid. I was a bit worried that he might try and fight an easier touch, but I think I've earned my opportunity.

"I was gutted when Wladimir pulled out of our fight but now I've got another chance to take his titles away. He's a great world champion, but his time at the top is well and truly up."