Anson Wainwright

Q&A: Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora

Dereck Chisora lands a hook to Edmund Gerber during their European heavyweight championship at The Copper Box on Sept. 21 in London, England.He returns to The Copper Box Arena to face Czech Republic’s Ondrej Pala on Saturday.



When Dereck Chisora lost to David Haye last summer it was his third consecutive loss. The British heavyweight standout faced having to start over from the back of the queue.

However, after nine months in the boxing wilderness, he returned to the ring, beating Argentinean journeyman Hector Avila, who lasted until the ninth round before succumbing. Chisora weighed a portly 252 pounds.

Three months later “Del Boy” met unbeaten American Malik Scott. Having shed 10 pounds, he pressed the action, having to soften the slick Philadelphia native up before dropping Scott in the sixth round. Despite rising from the canvas Scott was counted out in spurious circumstances.

It was decided to keep the momentum going by being active, so just two months later the Zimbabwe-born pressure fighter came in a career-low 235 impressively beleaguering Edmund Gerber into defeat in five rounds to become European champion.

“It was a great performance,” Chisora told “I didn’t give him anything, he caught me with a great right hand shot but everything was good for me, I enjoyed myself. The fight was amazing.

On Saturday, at the Copper Box Arena in Olympic Park, London, Chisora (18-4, 12 knockouts) looks to close out the year with a fourth-straight win when he tackles Czech Republic’s Ondrej Pala (32-3, 22 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round bout for various sanctioning body “international” belts. caught up with Chisora after the weigh in for the Pala.

Anson Wainwright – What are your thoughts on your fight against Pala?

Dereck Chisora – He’s in great shape. He’s a very good technical fighter. I respect everyone who comes in the ring. He’s been sparring some great fighters out there.

AW – It will be the fourth fight in just seven months for you. Has the been by design to keep you in he gym, active in the best possible shape?

DC – Yes, what we’re trying to do is, we (promoter Frank Warren) own the TV station (BoxNation), so we decided to try to fight every two months. We want to stay fit and stay in shape and push on. Next year we want to try to do six fights.

AW – While you’re not looking past Pala, what are your hopes for 2014?

DC – I just want to have great fights, make the fans happy. That’s all we want to do right now.

AW – Looking back on your most recent fight when you beat Edmund Gerber, what would you say of that fight?

DC – It was a great performance. I didn’t give him anything. He caught me with a great right hand shot but everything was good for me. I enjoyed myself. The fight was amazing. He can comeback from that loss if he dedicates himself to boxing. I enjoyed the fight and I know most people enjoyed it as well.

AW – You’re known as a bit of a character inside boxing. You’ve been involved in several incidents from biting Paul Butlin, kissing Carl Baker, slapping Vitali Klitschko, spitting water at Wladimir Klitschko, and the (press conference) brawl with David Haye. What’s the story behind that?

DC – I’m always looking to provide something for people to talk about.

AW – Are you a reformed character these days?

DC – Depends who I’m fighting. You never know when I’m fighting.

AW – Would you say that after the Haye loss last year you had to really start over and get to the back of the queue so to speak?

DC – It kind of goes like this: with the David Haye fight I wasn’t concentrating, I got caught up in so many things. I’m pushing on trying to concentrate on training.

If we look at the heavyweight ratings we have at THE RING, could you share your thoughts on your peers?

C – Wladimir Klitschko – He’s number one. He’s very technical, he’s very good. I know his weakness and his strength. You have to come in there with a very good mentality. That’s why he’s still at the top.
1 – Kubrat Pulev – Never heard of him.
2 – Alexander Povetkin – He just lost a fight so I think he needs to come down a few spots.
3 – Tomasz Adamek – You know all these ratings don’t mean nothing if the guys don’t want to fight someone else.
4 – Bermane Stiverne – He’s very good from what I hear. I think he’s fighting Deontay Wilder in the next couple of months. He’s very good. I respect him.
5 – Tyson Fury – You can’t bad mouth these fighters because they’re just doing what they can do at the time. He’s from the same country as me. I’m always going to be supporting my other British fighters. He’s doing his thing and good luck to him.
6 – Robert Helenius – He’s number 6? He’s not the same boxer since we fought. Good luck to him.
7 – Chris Arreola – He’s coming back. He’s lost some weight. He had a great win a couple of months ago.
8 – Odlanier Solis – I don’t know him.
9 – Ruslan Chagaev – These guys, they don’t fight, so I don’t know what they’re doing in the top 10.
10 – Deontay Wilder – He deserves to be in that mix. I don’t know why Deontay Wilder isn’t (higher on the list)? He’s on a great run. But if he faces anyone who can take his punch, personally, I don’t know about him yet.

AW – You were in Moscow for the Klitschko-Povetkin fight. What did you think of it?
DC – The Russians enjoyed it. Boxing wise it was alright. The arena wasn’t packed, it was a big arena but wasn’t packed. What can I say?

AW – You had shared a ring with both Tyson Fury and David Haye. Though that fight is dead in the water, how did you see it playing out?
DC – It would have been a great fight for the British public. Tyson Fury would box David Haye’s head off but if they’d mixed it up David Haye would probably knock him out.

AW – In today’s newspaper, The Sun, it reports that if you’re victorious tomorrow you’ll streak down Oxford Street. What are your thoughts on that?
DC – We’ll wait and see on that situation.

AW – In closing do you have a message for the heavyweight division?
DC – We need to bring the golden era back and to every fighter out there let’s have a fight. Forget the titles. Let’s just have a fight.


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