The first time many would have heard about Dereck Chisora was when he was about to fight Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko in the Olympiahalle, Munich for the WBC World Heavyweight Title, where at the weigh in Dereck slapped Vitali in the face, which has made all the headlines.
But how many of you knew that whilst he lives in the UK and boxes under a British license, Dereck Chisora was actually born in Zimbabwe.
Born on 29th December 1983, Chisora is a Heavyweight boxer and stands 6ft tall (1.83m) and has a Reach of 74in (188cm) and recently weighed in at 17 stone 3lbs (109.3kg’s).
As an amateur Dereck Chisora had about 20 fights, which included winning a Four Nations gold and the 2005 ABA super heavyweight title.
Chisora turned professional on 17 February 2007 and he won his first against the Hungarian boxer István Kecskés, by winning with a technical knock out in the second round.
He then went on to win three more fights (all by decision) and then squared up against the toughest test of his career the next British heavyweight prospect, Sam Sexton. Almost against the odds Chisora won the fight by stopping Sexton in the final final round.
Dereck Chisora then went on to beat the American Shawn Mclean at the Grosvenor House hotel in Mayfair and then stopped the experienced Lee Swaby in 3 rounds at the York Hall. Chisora then managed to end his second year in professional boxing with a December victory over Neil Simpson at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London’s Docklands and at the time had an impressive 8-0 record.
Darker times were to follow when in 2009, he was suspended for four months for biting Paul Butlin during the fifth round of their 22 May contest at the York Hall in Bethnal Green. Whislt he won the fight, the incident was missed by the referee but TV replays proved conclusive and as a result Chisora missed out on his fight for a British title against Danny Williams. He was also fined £2500.
Then later in November 2010, Chisora was found guilty of assaulting his then-girlfriend after finding text messages from another man on her phone. He was not jailed, but was given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for two years. He was also ordered to pay £1,500 in compensation and £500 costs and complete 150 hours community work.
Dereck Chisora first professional defeat came on 23 July 2011 when he fought Tyson Fury. Chisora dominated the opening rounds unleashing his big left hand on more than one occasion, which had Tyson Fury in some trouble, however he failed to make that advantage count. The next few rounds Fury got into the fight and by the half way stage was in front. After the half way stage Chisora got desperate and in uncharted territory where neither man had gone beyond the 10th round, Tyson’s stamina advantage came good.
Whilst Chisora swing numerous punches, he had a low hit rate, this ultimately lead him to become tired and Fury seized upon this, throwing combinations then holding onto Chisora to waste time. Despite a good fight, with Chisora landing some big left hands Fury won by unanimous decision.
Back to Winning Ways
Another of Dereck’s other wins include the fight on 9 October 2009 against Georgian Zurab Noniashvili where he won by TKO (Technical Knock Out) in three rounds at York Hall.
British Heavy Weight Title
On the 20 January 2010 it was announced that he would get a chance to face Danny Williams for the British Title. Chisora welcomed the chance, saying, “It was my own fault the fight with Williams didn’t go ahead, and I’ve been kicking myself ever since.” On 15 May 2010 Chisora won the British heavyweight title after stopping Williams in the second round.
Then Chisora went on to defeat Sam Sexton by knockout in the ninth round on 18 September. Chisora was then scheduled to face the IBF, IBO, WBO and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko on 11 December, but Klitschko pulled out of the fight three days prior with a torn abdominal muscle. The fight was later rescheduled for 30 April 2011, but this was later cancelled so Klitschko could fight David Haye on 2 July.
Dereck Chisora’s Professional Record
- 18 fights
- 15 wins
- 10 by knock-out
- 3 defeats
Dereck Chisora vs Vitali Klitschko
Dereck Chisora was beaten on points by Vitali Klitschko in Munich, but the Zimbabwean born British boxer showed plenty of heart in taking the fight to the scorecards.
Klitschko, defending his WBC heavyweight crown, was a heavy favourite but was unable to do to Chisora what he had done to 40 of his previous 45 opponents, namely knock him out before the final bell.
Chisora was a huge underdog going into the fight, giving away six inches in height and reach to the champion, meaning that many thought his pre-fight promise to be aggressive and fight on the front foot would be difficult to accomplish.
A build-up already shrouded in controversy grew murkier still when news began to filter through that a row had erupted over Chisora’s handwraps and the Ukrainian’s camp insisted that Chisora’s wraps be removed and reapplied, causing the fight to be delayed by 20 minutes.
Chisora had some success to the body at the beginning of the third, but was stopped in his tracks by a thunderous uppercut and there were signs of desperation on the sound of the bell, the Englishman missing with a wild left hook that almost took him off his feet.
Chisora came on strong in the seventh, backing up his rival with some solid shots, only for Klitschko to land with perhaps his best shot of the fight, a barnstorming overhand right that appeared to make Chisora buckle. But Chisora was undeterred, continuing to take Klitschko beyond his comfort zone, where the champion had been so rarely in his previous 45 fights. At the end of the 9th round, Klitschko landed with his right almost at will, but looked astonished that his opponent was still standing, let alone making it a contest with three rounds to go. And, while Klitschko had the better of the exchanges down the stretch, Chisora never stopped coming forward and could leave the ring with his head held high. Chisora will also be buoyed that he gave arguably a better account of himself than domestic rival David Haye gave in losing to Vitali’s younger brother Wladimir in Hamburg last July.
Written before the fight:
Whilst even though he has actually lost his last few fights and he is a big underdog, Dereck Chisora believes he can silence his critics when he takes on the WBC heavyweight champion tonight and says he would take Klitschko’s title:
The Zimbabwean-born boxer is brimming with confidence: “I don’t care what people think, they are not the ones going into the ring,” he said. “I am doing the fighting so I will decide what happens.”
Lennox Lewis, the last boxer to beat Klitschko back in 2003 says Dereck Chisora could pull off an upset: “Chisora has a chance. He is a real heavyweight,” the former champion said on Wednesday. “All he needs is a hit on the chin.”
Vitali Klitschko himself also says that Dereck Chisora is a better heavyweight than David Haye, the former world champion:
“Chisora has exactly the same skills of David Haye, but David Haye was coming from cruiserweight,” he said. “Dereck Chisora is a real heavyweight fighter and that’s why he has a much stronger punch and after the fight, I can give you a more exact answer. Right now, in my personal opinion; they both probably have the same skills.” Klitschko went on to say “David Haye didn’t want to fight my brother. He just kept running away from my brother. He didn’t come in to fight. I expect a better fight from Dereck Chisora. He’s actually a fighter.”
The build-up to this fight had been largely good natured (the Klitschkos tend to prefer it that way) until the weigh-in when Del Boy delivered a right-handed slap to Dr Iron Fist’s cheek: After weighing in at 17 stone 3lbs – just a pound heavier than his lightest weight for a professional bout, Chisora butted heads before slapping Klitschko’s face hard!
The two men were pulled apart, with a furious-looking Klitschko, who had weighed in three pounds heavier, left with a red mark on the left side of his face.
Chisora’s camp said they were unaware of the stunt beforehand, with trainer Don Charles even branding the slap “unacceptable”.