Dereck Chisora

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Dereck Chisora
Derek Chisora 2011.jpg
Chisora (right) with Alex Reid
Nickname(s) Del Boy
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Born (1983-12-29) 29 December 1983 (age 32)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 31
Wins 25
Wins by KO 17
Losses 6

Dereck Chisora (born 29 December 1983) is a British professional boxer. He is a former British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion, and has challenged for the world heavyweight title.

Early life[edit]

Chisora was born in Mbare, a suburb of the Zimbabwean capital Harare.[2] As a teenager he attended Churchill School. Chisora and his family moved to the United Kingdom in 1999 and lived in Finchley, London.[citation needed]

Boxing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Chisora turned professional on 17 February 2007, scoring a second round TKO against István Kecskés.[1] After winning three more fights (all by decision), he came up against the toughest test of his career against fellow rising British heavyweight prospect, Sam Sexton. Chisora won the fight by stopping Sexton in the final 30 seconds of the final round.[3] He moved on from the win over Sexton by beating Shawn Mclean, an American, at the Grosvenor House hotel in Mayfair, and then stopped the experienced Lee Swaby in 3 rounds at the York Hall. Chisora finished the year with a December victory over Neil Simpson at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London's Docklands leaving him with an 8–0 record at the end of his second year as a professional.[citation needed]

Chisora was suspended for four months for biting Paul Butlin during the fifth round of their 22 May 2009 contest at the York Hall in Bethnal Green. 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 fined £2,500.[4]

Chisora went on to defeat Zurab Noniashvili on 9 October, winning by TKO in three rounds at York Hall.[5] On 20 January 2010, it was announced that he would get a second chance to face Danny Williams on 13 February 2010 after Sam Sexton was forced to withdraw injured from his match with Williams. 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." Williams pulled out of the bout, however, and Chisora instead fought Carl Baker in an eliminator with the winner to face Williams. Chisora defeated Baker in the second round.

On 15 May 2010, Chisora fought Williams for the British heavyweight title which he won after stopping Williams in the second round.[6] Chisora defeated a challenge from Sam Sexton by knockout in the ninth round on 18 September 2010, adding the Commonwealth heavyweight title to his British title.


Chisora was scheduled to face the IBF, IBO, WBO and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko on 11 December 2010, 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.

Chisora vs. Fury I and Helenius[edit]

On 23 July 2011, Chisora defended his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against the upcoming Tyson Fury, who like Chisora had a record of 14-0 entering the fight. Fury won by unanimous decision with scores of 117-112, 117-112 and 118-111. On 3 December, Chisora faced undefeated Robert Helenius in Helsinki, Finland for the vacant EBU heavyweight title. Helenius won by split decision after two judges scored the fight 115-113 to Helenius and the third scored it 115-113 to Chisora. The decision was highly debated as most pundits and onlookers thought Chisora had done enough to get the decision. The Ring considered the outcome of the match "a gift", dropping Helenius' ranking from fifth to sixth challenger. Chisora complained afterwards demanding a rematch on a neutral territory.

Chisora vs. Klitschko[edit]

Sources in Germany reported that he was likely to fight Ukrainian WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko on 18 February 2012 at Munich's Olympiahalle.[7][8][9] Later, on 12 December 2011, it was confirmed that Klitshko would be Chisora's next opponent. Chisora slapped Klitschko at the weigh in for the heavyweight title fight and was widely criticised. Chisora is quoted as saying after the slap "I ain't come here to play games I come here to fight."[10][11]

On 18 February, Chisora and Klitschko fought in Germany for the WBC Heavyweight Championship. After a close first round, Klitschko started to land his right hand in round two and continued to land clean power shots from a distance as the bout progressed. Chisora showed a good chin, and did the majority of his work to the body. The scores were 118–110, 118–110 and 119–111, giving a unanimous decision of victory to Klitschko.[12] During a post-fight press conference following his loss to Klitschko, Chisora was involved in a confrontation with David Haye.[13] Haye initially responded to a statement by Klitschko's manager Bernd Boente that no more British boxers would be given the right to challenge the Klitschkos. Chisora challenged Haye to a fight and taunted Haye over the toe injury he had suffered prior to his loss to Wladimir Klitschko, to which Haye responded that Chisora had lost his three previous fights. Chisora eventually left the stage to confront Haye, who met him with a right hook to the jaw, before both security and Chisora's entourage intervened to try and separate the two. The fight continued, and at one point Haye swung a camera tripod in Chisora's direction. The two were eventually pulled apart. During the confrontation, Chisora claimed he was glassed by Haye and was filmed saying he would shoot Haye and telling Haye's trainer, Adam Booth, that he would face Haye in the ring or hunt him down. The next morning, Chisora was arrested by German police but was later released without charge after questioning.[14]

Chisora vs. Haye[edit]

On 14 March 2012, the British Boxing Board of Control withdrew Chisora's boxing licence due to his behaviour prior to and after his bout with Klitschko.[15] The World Boxing Council has issued an indefinite suspension against Chisora fighting again for a WBC title, while demanding he take anger management medical treatment after which his suspension will be reconsidered.[16] A year later, on 12 March 2013, the British Boxing Board of Control re-issued Chisora his license to box. However, despite not having a British license at the time Chisora was still able to fight under license from another country, and therefore was able to face David Haye at Upton Park on 14 July 2012, in a fight billed as 'Licensed to Thrill'. Haye outscored Chisora in the first two rounds but Chisora came back at him in the third and was able to hit him with several shots including a left hook that rattled Haye at the end of the round, the bell also appeared to ring early. Haye regained the edge towards the end of the fourth and in the fifth he knocked Chisora down with a left and right hook. Chisora got to his feet only for Haye to connect again with a series of punches that put Chisora down for second time. Although he beat the count again the referee waved it off which meant Haye won the fight by TKO.[17]

Since the match with Haye, Chisora apparently has been working to change his out of ring image, no longer disrespecting opponents before fights and in press conferences. Chisora said, "If you look at fights from the golden era there wasn’t the same level of disrespect that you get now. There was no swearing on live television and things like that. Actually there were champions who used to shake hands and hang out but, when it came to fight time, you got a fight." Regarding the fight buildup, he also said, "We've decided to promote this fight a different way. We want the public to tune in to see us perform in the ring and not because we've been arguing. That's the route we're taking now, we want to give boxing a better image."[18]


Chisora had a good year in 2013, recovering well from his defeats the previous year. He scored four victories, all of which came by knockout including a sixth round TKO win over undefeated American contender Malik Scott.[19]

Chisora vs. Fury II[edit]

On 15 February 2014, Chisora fought American Kevin Johnson and won by unanimous decision after twelve rounds.[20] This set up a second fight against fellow Brit Tyson Fury in London. Originally scheduled for 26 July 2014, Chisora broke his hand in training and the fight had to be rescheduled for 29 November. The bout was dubbed 'The Fight for the Right' as it was a final eliminator for the WBO heavyweight title and a shot at champion Wladimir Klitschko. Chisora struggled with the ever improving Fury's height, reach and movement, with Fury winning the rounds comfortably until trainer Don Charles had seen enough and pulled Chisora out at the end of the tenth round.[21]


Chisora vs. Pulev[edit]

After a period of eight months without a fight since his defeat to Fury, Chisora won five fights in five months against some lowly ranked European opponents which helped set up a fight for the recently vacated European heavyweight title against highly ranked Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in Hamburg on 7 May 2016. The bout was also an eliminator for the IBF heavyweight title.[22] Despite what had seemed a fairly comfortable points win for Pulev the fight ended in a split decision, with two judges scoring it 118-110 and 116-112 in Pulev's favour while the third scored it 115-113 for Chisora. The defeat left Chisora's chances of a world title shot against IBF champion Anthony Joshua in doubt.[23]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2010, Chisora was found guilty of assaulting his then-girlfriend after finding text messages from another man on her phone. He narrowly escaped being sent to jail, and was given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for two years. He was ordered to pay £1,500 in compensation and £500 costs and complete 150 hours community work. The court was told that the fighter also had previous convictions for public order offences, assaulting a police officer and possession of an offensive weapon.[24]

Professional Titles[edit]

  • British Heavyweight Title
  • Commonwealth Heavyweight Title
  • European Heavyweight Title
  • WBO International Heavyweight Title
  • WBA International Heavyweight Title

Professional boxing record[edit]

31 fights, 25 wins (17 knockouts), 6 losses (2 knockouts)[25]
Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
Loss 25–6 Bulgaria Kubrat Pulev SD 12 2016-05-07 Germany Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg For vacant European Heavyweight title.
Win 25–5 Hungary Andras Csomor TKO 2 (8), 2:08 2016-01-09 Germany Baden Arena, Offenburg
Win 24–5 Croatia Jakov Gospic TKO 3 (8), 2:23 2015-12-12 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, Greenwich, London
Win 23–5 Hungary Peter Erdos TKO 5 (8), 1:01 2015-12-05 Germany Inselparkhalle, Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg
Win 22–5 Brazil Marcelo Luiz Nascimento PTS 10 2015-09-26 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Win 21–5 Georgia (country) Beqa Lobjanidze KO 1 (10), 0:29 2015-07-24 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Loss 20–5 United Kingdom Tyson Fury RTD 10 (12), 3:00 2014-11-29 United Kingdom ExCel Arena, Docklands, London Lost European and WBO International Heavyweight titles.
For vacant British Heavyweight title.
Win 20–4 United States Kevin Johnson UD 12 2014-02-15 United Kingdom Copper Box Arena, Hackney Wick, London Retained WBO International and WBA International Heavyweight titles.
Win 19–4 Czech Republic Ondřej Pála TKO 3 (12), 0:31 2013-11-30 United Kingdom Copper Box Arena, Hackney Wick, London Retained WBO International Heavyweight title.
Won vacant WBA International Heavyweight title.
Win 18–4 Germany Edmund Gerber TKO 5 (12), 2:55 2013-09-21 United Kingdom Copper Box Arena, Hackney Wick, London Won vacant European Heavyweight title.
Win 17–4 United States Malik Scott TKO 6 (10), 2:56 2013-07-20 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, London Won vacant WBO International Heavyweight title.
Win 16–4 Argentina Hector Alfredo Avila TKO 9 (10), 2:49 2013-04-20 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Loss 15–4 United Kingdom David Haye TKO 5 (10), 2:59 2012-07-14 United Kingdom Upton Park, West Ham, London For vacant WBA Inter-Continental and vacant WBO International Heavyweight titles.
Loss 15–3 Ukraine Vitali Klitschko UD 12 2012-02-18 Germany Olympiahalle, Munich, Bayern For WBC Heavyweight title.
Loss 15–2 Finland Robert Helenius SD 12 2011-12-03 Finland Hartwall Areena, Helsinki For WBO Inter-Continental, WBA Inter-Continental, and vacant European Heavyweight titles.
Win 15–1 Lithuania Remigijus Ziausys PTS 6 2011-11-11 United Kingdom North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, Yorkshire
Loss 14–1 United Kingdom Tyson Fury UD 12 2011-07-23 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, London Lost British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles.
Win 14–0 United Kingdom Sam Sexton TKO 9 (12), 2:53 2010-09-18 United Kingdom LG Arena, Birmingham, West Midlands Retained British Heavyweight title.
Won Commonwealth Heavyweight title.
Win 13–0 United Kingdom Danny Williams TKO 2 (12), 1:41 2010-05-15 United Kingdom Upton Park, West Ham, London Won British Heavyweight title.
Win 12–0 United Kingdom Carl Baker TKO 2 (10), 2:13 2010-02-13 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, London British Heavyweight title final eliminator.
Win 11–0 Georgia (country) Zurab Noniashvili TKO 3 (8), 2:20 2009-10-09 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Win 10–0 United Kingdom Paul Butlin PTS 8 2009-05-22 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Win 9–0 Russia Daniil Peretyatko PTS 8 2009-01-30 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Win 8–0 United Kingdom Neil Simpson RTD 2 (8), 3:00 2008-12-06 United Kingdom ExCeL London, Docklands, London
Win 7–0 United Kingdom Lee Swaby TKO 3 (8), 2:45 2008-09-26 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Win 6–0 United States Shawn McLean TKO 6 (8), 3:00 2008-09-12 United Kingdom Grosvenor House, Mayfair, London
Win 5–0 United Kingdom Sam Sexton TKO 6 (6), 2:34 2008-06-14 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Win 4–0 United Kingdom Paul Butlin PTS 4 2008-01-12 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Win 3–0 United Kingdom Darren Morgan PTS 4 2007-10-13 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Win 2–0 United Kingdom Tony Booth PTS 4 2007-04-07 United Kingdom Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Win 1–0 Hungary Istvan Kecskes TKO 2 (4), 1:21 2007-02-17 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, London Professional debut.


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Preceded by
Danny Williams
British Heavyweight Champion
15 May 2010 – 15 July 2011
Succeeded by
Tyson Fury
Preceded by
Sam Sexton
Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion
18 September 2010 – 15 July 2011
Title last held by
David Haye
WBO Heavyweight Champion
International title

20 July 2013  – 29 November 2014
Title last held by
Kubrat Pulev
European Heavyweight Champion
21 September 2013  – 29 November 2014