|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Born||29 December 1983|
Mbare, Harare, Zimbabwe
|Wins by KO||23|
Derek Chisora (born 29 December 1983) is a Zimbabwean-born British professional boxer. He has challenged once for the WBC heavyweight title against Vitali Klitschko in 2012. At regional level, he has held multiple heavyweight titles, including the British and Commonwealth titles from 2010 to 2011, and the European title from 2013 to 2014. As an amateur, he won the ABA super-heavyweight championship in 2006.
As of January 2022, he is ranked as the world's seventh-best active heavyweight by BoxRec. At the conclusion of a year, Chisora has been ranked as BoxRec's top 10 heavyweight seven times, reaching his highest ranking at no.6 in 2013.
Derek Chisora was born on 29 December 1983 in Mbare, a suburb of the Zimbabwean capital Harare, the son of Viola and Paul Chisora. Following his parents' divorce when he was 4, Chisora spent his early years in Hatfield, in the care of his maternal grandmother and step-grandfather. As a teenager he attended Churchill School, where he became a paramedic for the school's sports team. Chisora and his family moved to the United Kingdom in 1999 when he was 16 and lived in Finchley, London.
A late starter in the sport, Chisora began boxing aged 19. His club, Finchley ABC in Barnet, North London, was also home to heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Chisora had around 20 amateur fights, which included winning the 2006 ABA super heavyweight title, after defeating Tom Dallas in the final, and a gold medal at the Four Nations Championships.
Chisora turned professional under Frank Warren's Queensberry Promotions banner and was trained by Don Charles. Chisora made his professional debut on 17 February 2007 at the Wembley Arena in London, beating Hungarian István Kecskés by a technical knockout (TKO) in the second round. Chisora's second fight was against English heavyweight Tony Booth at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 7 April 2007, on the undercard of Joe Calzaghe's successful WBO super-middleweight title defence against Peter Manfredo Jr, winning a points decision (PTS), by 40–36. Chisora's third fight was at the York Hall in London against Welshman Darren Morgan (5-1, 3 KOs) on 13 October 2007, winning on points after four rounds.
In January 2008, Chisora scored a four-round PTS victory over Paul Butlin at the York Hall, achieving his third points victory in a row, to take his record to 4–0. In June that year, in his first fight over six rounds, Chisora came up against the toughest test of his career in fellow undefeated British heavyweight prospect, Sam Sexton. The bout was stopped in the final 30 seconds of the last round, when the referee decided Sexton was taking too much punishment and declared Chisora the winner by TKO. In Chisora's sixth fight, on 12 September 2008 at the Grosvenor House, he defeated American Shawn McLean via sixth-round stoppage. In Chisora's seventh fight, on 26 September 2008, against Lee Swaby, Chisora took his undefeated record to 7–0 with a third-round stoppage victory. In his eighth professional appearance, on 6 December 2008, Chisora defeated Neil Simpson at the ExCeL via a second-round corner retirement, leaving him with an 8–0 record at the end of his second year as a professional.
In Chisora's ninth bout, on 30 January 2009, he defeated Russian Daniil Peretyatko by PTS over eight rounds. In Chisora's tenth fight, on 22 May 2009, he defeated Paul Butlin for the second time, to extend his record to ten wins. Chisora was suspended for four months for biting Butlin during the fifth round of their contest. The incident was missed by referee Dave Parris 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. On 9 October 2009, in his eleventh bout, Chisora defeated Georgian Zurab Noniashvili, knocking Noniashvili down and winning by TKO in three rounds at York Hall.
On 20 January 2010, it was announced that Chisora would get a second chance to face Danny Williams on 13 February 2010 after Sam Sexton was forced to withdraw through injury 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 a British title eliminator  with the winner to face Williams. Chisora kissed Baker at the weigh in for the fight. Chisora stopped Baker in the second round.
Chisora vs. Williams, Sexton II
On 15 May 2010, at the Boleyn Ground in London, Chisora defeated former world title challenger Danny Williams for the British heavyweight title. Chisora set the pace in the opening round and put Williams under pressure before sending him to the canvas with a left hook in the second round. Williams beat the count but was met with a flurry of punches, forcing referee Howard Foster to end the fight.
On 18 September 2010, at the LG Arena, in Birmingham, Chisora defeated Sam Sexton in a rematch for the Commonwealth heavyweight title, whilst also defending his British heavyweight title for the first time. In round nine, Chisora threw a barrage of unanswered punches while Sexton was against the ropes, prompting the referee to stop the fight.
Chisora was scheduled to face the IBF, WBO, IBO, Lineal 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, Helenius
On 23 July 2011, Chisora defended his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against the undefeated prospect Tyson Fury, both men went into the fight with a record of 14–0. The fight was also televised live in the United States on PPV. Outlet Integrated Sports picked up the fight charging $24.95 for a live airing at 3 p.m. EDT. Fury won by unanimous decision with scores of 117–112, 117–112, and 118–111. Promoter Mick Hennessy revealed the fight peaked at around 3 million viewers on Channel 5.
Chisora defeated Lithuanian Remigijus Ziausys on 11 November in a six-round points decision at the North Bridge Leisure Centre in Halifax. Referee John Latham scored the fight 60–54 in favour of Chisora.
On 3 December, Chisora faced undefeated Robert Helenius in Helsinki, Finland for the vacant European heavyweight titles. 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
Sources in Germany reported that Chisora was likely to fight Ukrainian WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on 18 February 2012 at Munich's Olympiahalle. On 12 December 2011, it was confirmed that Klitschko 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."
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. During a post-fight press conference following his loss to Klitschko, Chisora was involved in a confrontation with David Haye. 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.
Chisora vs. Haye
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. The WBC issued an indefinite suspension against Chisora fighting again for a WBC title, while demanding he take anger management treatment after which his suspension will be reconsidered. 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 in the third and was able to land several shots including a left hook that rattled Haye at the end of the round. 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. He managed to beat the count, but the referee deemed him unable to continue, giving Haye a TKO win.
In March 2013, Chisora was issued a new British Boxing Board of Control licence. Chisora said, "I'm glad that this whole episode is finally behind me and I can carry on with my boxing career in my own country and with a British Boxing Board of Control licence."
Chisora made his ring return on 20 April 2013 at the Wembley Arena in London. He fought Argentinian Hector Alfredo Avila. Chisora told ESPN that he would dedicate his victory to late former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was an MP for Chisora's hometown of Finchley. Avila had one point deducted in the 6th round for holding and another in the 9th for use of the elbow, but was eventually stopped in the ninth round. When asked whom he would like to fight next, Chisora mentioned British rival David Price.
Chisora vs. Scott
It was confirmed that Chisora would return two months later on 20 July at the Wembley Arena, against undefeated American boxer Malik Scott (35–0–1, 12 KOs), for the vacant WBO International heavyweight title. Chisora won the bout via controversial knockout in round 6, following an over hand right. Scott was warned by the referee throughout the contest for repeated fouling and clinching, but was not penalized. Scott boxed well with his jab, while Chisora scored well with body punches. With 15 seconds left in the sixth round, Scott went down along the ropes from a right hand to the back of the ear, and took a knee, smiling. Scott got up at the count of nine, but then referee Edwards shouted "Out", ending the contest. Scott did not protest the seemingly premature stoppage but his corner did. Going into round six, Scott was ahead 48–47 on all three judges' scorecards. Scott's promoter, Dan Goossen stated he would lodge a protest. The BBBofC said they would not review the fight.
Chisora vs. Gerber, Pala
Chisora next fought on 21 September for the vacant European heavyweight title against 25-year-old German boxer Edmund Gerber (23–1) at the Copper Box Arena. The fight was announced 20 days prior to the fight taking place. Chisora controlled the fight from the opening bell, eventually drawing blood from Gerber after three rounds. The fight came to end in round five when Chisora threw combinations which went unanswered. The referee stepped in waiving the fight off. Chisora entered the ring in tears following the recent death of his mentor, Dean Powell. At the time of stoppage, Chisora was ahead 40–36 on all three judges' scorecards.
On 11 October, the BBBofC ordered purse bids for a fight between Chisora and David Price for The latter's British heavyweight title, with the fight to potentially take place by February 2014. The purse bid was due on 13 November. Chisora's promoter Frank Warren won the purse bid, but a fight was not made.
On 30 November, Chisora defended his WBO International title against late replacement Ondřej Pála (32–3, 22 KOs). The fight was also for the vacant WBA International title. Chisora was originally scheduled to fight Arnold Gjergjaj, who broke his ribs in sparring. He was then replaced with Italian Matteo Mudugno, who pulled out injured. Pála being the third choice. Pála landIng was able to land heavy left hooks in the first two rounds. In round three, Chisora trapped Pála in a corner and clubbed him to the head and body with a series of powerful shots which forced Pála to turn his back from the oncoming onslaught, forcing the referee to stop the contest. Chisora fought four times in 2013, winning all inside the distance.
Chisora vs. Johnson, Fury II
On 27 January 2014, it was announced that Chisora would fight former world title challenger Kevin Johnson (29-4-1, 14 KOs) at the Copper Box in London on 15 February 2014. Chisora inflicted the first knockdown of Johnsons career in the fifth round, and won by unanimous decision after twelve rounds. The official judges' scorecards read 118–109, 118–109, and 118–110 in favour of Chisora. This set up a second fight against Tyson Fury in London, although after the fight, Chisora also called out former WBA (Regular) titleholder Alexander Povetkin.
Chisora and Fury were due to meet on 26 July 2014 in a rematch. On 21 July, Chisora was forced to pull out after sustaining a fractured hand in training. Belarusian Alexander Ustinov was lined up as Chisora's replacement in the bout scheduled to take place at the Manchester Arena, Fury pulled out of the fight after his uncle and former trainer Hughie Fury was taken seriously ill. Fury and Chisora rescheduled the rematch for 29 November 2014 at ExCeL London. The bout was shown live on BoxNation. 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 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. Fury used his jab to trouble Chisora and kept on the outside creating a distance with his longer reach. Chisora failed to land any telling punches, and due to Fury's awkward fighting style, end up hitting him below the belt. Chisora was warned by referee Marcus McDonnell in the first round.
Chisora vs. Pulev
After a period of eight months without a fight since his defeat to Fury, Chisora won five fights in five months against low ranked opponents, helping 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. 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.
Chisora made a comeback in Sweden on 10 September 2016 against Bosnian Drazan Janjanin and scored a second-round knockout victory following a body shot. Although Janjanin beat the count, the referee waved the fight off.
Chisora vs. Whyte
Terms were finally agreed for a fight between Chisora and British heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte to fight in a WBC title eliminator for Whyte's British heavyweight title. The fight took place in Manchester on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Éric Molina heavyweight title fight. Chisora and Whyte were feuding over the year through social media. The hype continued through to the press conference on 7 December when, following Whyte's comment that he'd attack Chisora anytime he would see him after the fight, Chisora picked up the table he was sitting at and threw it towards Whyte, just missing everyone in the way which included the promoters and trainers. As a result, the BBBofC withdrew its sanction of the fight so that the British title was not at stake. Instead, Whyte's WBC International title was at stake. Chisora lost the fight by split decision with two judges scoring the fight 115–113 and 115–114 for Whyte and one scoring 115–114 in favour of Chisora. Whyte was hurt a number of times in the fight by Chisora in the eighth, tenth and twelfth rounds. On two occasions in the twelfth, Whyte was knocked off balance by Chisora after being hit with huge shots to the head. Post fight, Whyte stated he would not give Chisora a rematch, only to change his mind later to say the potential was there. In March 2017, in an interview, Chisora claimed he offered Whyte £1.1 million for a rematch, which Whyte declined.
On 24 March 2017, it was announced that Chisora would get his much awaited rematch against Finnish boxer Robert Helenius (24-1, 15 KOs) at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. The same arena they fought at when Helenius won a controversial split decision in December 2011. The bout would be contested for the vacant WBC Silver heavyweight title on 27 May 2017. In December 2015, the EBU ordered for Chisora and Helenius to meet, where the winner would fight Anthony Joshua. A purse bid deadline was set for 21 January 2016, but no progress was made. The fight was postponed on 16 May to take place after Summer 2017. There was no specific reason given by promoter Nisse Sauerland as to why the fight had been postponed.
Chisora vs. Kabayel
On pursuing a rematch with Dillian Whyte, on 31 August 2017, Chisora announced that he had split with promoter Team Sauerland, but re-signed with manager Steve Goodwin. On 20 September Eddie Hearn announced that Chisora had signed with Matchroom Sport, making his debut on the Paul Butler-Stuart Hall undercard on 30 September at the Echo Arena in Liverpool live on Sky Sports. Hearn believed if Chisora could win two fights by the end of the year, possibly winning the European title in the process, he would have a good case to fight Whyte again. Hearn said, "You know what you are going to get with 'Del Boy', plenty of drama and a load of heart. He will return to action in Liverpool and challenge for the European title in November. We will work towards a Whyte rematch for early next year. It's a fight that I think boxing needs to see again." Chisora fought Croatian Robert Filipovic (4-2, 3 KOs) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, on 30 September. Filipovic was a late replacement for Jay McFarlane (3-3, 2 KOs). The fight was scheduled for 6 and ended in round 5 when the referee had seen enough, giving Chisora the win via TKO. Filipovic had one point deducted in the 4th round and another in the 5th for holding, which was done to prolong the fight. Chisora explained that he had the power to put his opponent away, but wanted to enjoy the fight.
On 25 September, Hearn revealed Chisora would challenge European heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel (16-0, 12 KOs) at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medcin in Monte Carlo, Monaco on 4 November 2017. In a lethargic performance where he was outboxed by Kabayel, Chisora suffered a 12-round majority decision defeat. One judge scored the fight a 114–114 draw, whilst the remaining two judges' scored the fight 115–113 and 115–114 for Kabayel, giving Chisora his 8th professional loss. Chisora started the fight slow, remaining patient. He became more active after round 6, but failed to bustle the attack on Kabayel, who moved well with his feet. Kabayel also used quick combinations and jabs to win many of the rounds. Speaking to Sky Sports after the bout, Chisora said, "I'm not going to complain, I lost the fight. I always bounce back so I'm not worried." Eddie Hearn stated a rematch with Chisora and Whyte would still be possible.
On 3 February 2018, whilst backstage at the O2 Arena in London for Lawrence Okolie vs. Isaac Chamberlain, Hearn told YouTube channel iFL TV, Chisora would be returning to the ring on 24 March on the undercard of Dillian Whyte vs. Lucas Browne, which would also take place at the O2 Arena. Also backstage, Chisora met with David Haye and Joe Joyce, where Chisora revealed Haye had contacted his manager Steve Goodwin and offered £60,000 for him to fight Joyce. Chisora later stated if the money was right, he would fight Joyce on the Tony Bellew vs. David Haye II card on 5 May 2018. After Joyce knocked out Rudolf Jozic on 16 February, Haye revealed a new six-figure offer would be presented to Chisora, which would see him earn around the same purse he received in his loss to Kabayel. On 1 March, Joyce claimed Chisora had rejected the fight completely. Matchroom confirmed French boxer Zakaria Azzouzi (14-2-2, 10 KOs) as Chisora's opponent. After a slow first round where Chisora used his jab and stalked Azzouzi, Chisora dropped Azzouzi with a big right hand in the next round. The fight was then stopped by referee Robert Williams after Azzouzi struggled to get to his feet. The official time of the stoppage was at 2:12 of round 2. After the fight, whilst being interviewed by the Sky Sports team, Chisora called over David Haye and his fighter Joe Joyce. Prior to calling them over, Chisora referred to Joyce as a Chihuahua. Chisora first asked Haye if he had confidence in Joyce and then stated, “In front of the British public on live television, I’ll make a deal with you right now: if he (Joyce) beats me you write me a cheque of £1, if I beat him you give me your purse against Tony (Bellew) and your TV rights.” Haye rejected the offer. Chisora then told Haye to not mention his name again. Haye told Sky Sports, “We offered him the same money he got for (Kubrat) Pulev, more money than he got for the European title, but you said no. Okay, we understand.”
Chisora vs. Takam
After a month of speculation, on 15 June 2018, a fight between Chisora and former world title challenger Carlos Takam was finally announced to take place at the O2 Arena in London on 28 July 2018, with the bout taking place on the undercard of Dillian Whyte vs. Joseph Parker on Sky Box Office. Takam started the fight out-working Chisora, who spent most of the rounds against the ropes looking for counters. Chisora began to take more punishment as the fight progressed and fell clearly behind on the scorecards. At one point in round 6, referee Howard Foster was looking at possibly stopping the fight with Chisora taking shots against the ropes. By round 7, Takam was landing the better shots and looked to be on his way to an eventual stoppage win; however in round 8, Chisora connected with a big right hand to Takam's head, sending him to the canvas. Takam made it unsteadily to his feet and the fight resumed only for Chisora to immediately land an identical punch and drop Takam a second time. Foster then stopped the fight with 1 minute remaining in the round. With the win, Chisora claimed the vacant WBA International title. Promoter Hearn and pundits in the arena stated he had made his way back into the heavyweight title mix. After the bout, on who he would like to fight next, he said, "I definitely want the winner of the main event (Whyte vs. Parker)." Hearn stated in the post-fight press conference that he would issue a challenge to WBC champion Deontay Wilder to defend his title against Chisora in either Brooklyn or London.
Chisora vs. Whyte II
In mid October 2018, Whyte and Cuban boxer Luis Ortiz appeared to have a war of words and called each other out, with Ortiz stating he would come to the UK and fight Whyte on 22 December, a potential PPV date allocated to the possible Whyte vs. Chisora rematch. After hearing this, Chisora came out saying 'No one wants to see that [Whyte-Ortiz]', that he was 'the Money Man' and Whyte should fight him if he wants to earn more money. Hearn also stated despite Ortiz putting his name forward, Chisora was the front-runner to fight Whyte.
On 17 October, it was reported that Chisora had hired former rival David Haye as his new manager. The news came as a shock as both Chisora and Haye had been rivals since before they had their grudge match in 2012 and in early 2018 were involved in broken down talks when Haye tried to persuade Chisora to fight his boxer Joe Joyce. Both Haye and Chisora sat down in the Sky studios and talked about their relationship, explaining how they came to a deal. They also stated that Chisora will no longer go by the name 'Del Boy' and would now be 'WAR'. On 22 October, Whyte told Sky Sports that Chisora needed to sign a deal quick or he would look at other options. On 1 November, the rematch was announced to take place on 22 December at The O2 Arena on Sky Sports Box Office. Chisora weighed 246.2 pounds, his lightest since he fought Kubrat Pulev and Whyte weighed 246.5 pounds. Chisora lost the fight via KO in the eleventh round. At the time of stoppage, two judges had Chisora ahead 95–94 and one judge had Whyte ahead 95–94.
Chisora vs. Gashi, Szpilka
On 20 April 2019, as the co-main event to Dave Allen vs. Lucas Browne, Chisora in his first bout under new trainer Dave Coldwell, won a comfortable unanimous points decision on the judges' scorecards, which read 99–91, 100–90, and 100–91 against 29-year-old German boxer Senad Gashi, after 10 far from entertaining rounds against an opponent who frustrated Chisora with his elusive style at The O2 Arena. Gashi, who suffered the third defeat of his 20-fight professional career which included 17 early knockouts in 17 victories, switched southpaw from the opening bell, landed an effective counter punch in the second but Chisora connected with a good body shot in the third and took control of the fight. Chisora continued to be the aggressor throughout but his opponent survived to the end of the contest.
On 13 June 2019, a fight between Chisora and former world title challenger Artur Szpilka was announced to take place at the O2 Arena in London on 20 July 2019, with the bout taking place on the undercard of Dillian Whyte vs. Oscar Rivas live on Sky Sports Box Office. Chisora produced a ruthless display and defeated Szpilka via 2nd Round KO. In his interview outside the ring he stated that he wanted to fight Joseph Parker next.
On 31 August 2019, a fight between Chisora and former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker was announced to take place at the O2 Arena in London on 26 October 2019, with the bout taking place as the co-main event to the World Boxing Super Series: Light welterweight final between Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor live on Sky Sports Box Office. On 1 October Parker pulled out of the fight due to illness.
Chisora vs. Price
On 8 October 2019, David Price was announced as Chisora's replacement opponent at the O2 Arena. Chisora pressured Price from the start of the contest and floored his opponent in the fourth round as the fight was called to a halt following the Price corner throwing in the towel.
Chisora vs. Usyk
On 11 March 2020, it was announced that Chisora would fight undefeated former undisputed cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk on 23 May 2020 at The O2 Arena in London, live on Sky Sports Box Office. The fight was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chisora faced Usyk on 31 October 2020, and lost by unanimous decision. Usyk used his superior footwork and stamina to wear down Chisora, who became worn and exhausted later on in the fight, struggling to keep up with Usyk.
Chisora vs. Parker
Derek Chisora vs. Joseph Parker had originally been scheduled to take place on 26 October 2019, but Parker was forced to pull out after suffering a spider bite injury. After the pair's respective fights against unbeaten opponents, Oleskandr Usyk and Junior Fa, it was announced on 19 March 2021 that Chisora would fight the former WBO heavyweight champion on 1 May 2021 for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title, live on Sky Sports Box Office. The day before the fight, the event looked to be in jeopardy as Chisora threatened to pull out, after losing a coin toss that meant he would have to walk to the ring first, which he objected to. The dispute was resolved on the day of the fight, and the fight went ahead as planned. On the night, Chisora started the fight strong, knocking Parker down in just seven seconds of the first round with a big right hand. He closed the distance and pressured his opponent in the early rounds, but Parker rallied back in the mid-to-late rounds, boxing well off the back foot and using his jab effectively to win a split decision, with scorecards of 115–113, 116–111 in his favour, and 115–113 in favour of Chisora.
Chisora vs. Parker II
On 16 September 2021, it was announced that Chisora and Parker would square off in a rematch on 18 December, again at the AO Arena in Manchester. On the night, Parker dominated the fight, knocking down Chisora 3 times on the way to a unanimous decision. The scores were 115–110, 115–111, 114–112, all in favour of Parker.
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 prison, and was given a 12-week 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.
In November 2015, Chisora was stopped in his Bentley near Hyde Park in London. In September 2016, it was reported that Chisora was driving without a valid driving licence, insurance and MOT certificate. After initially being given six points, which would mean a six-month driving ban, Chisora since appealed the ban blaming his insurance broker. A date of 10 October 2016 was set for the hearing. At a court hearing in January 2017, Chisora avoided a driving ban by claiming he thought he was insured after a payment had left his account, paying for two drivers.
Professional boxing record
|44 fights||32 wins||12 losses|
|44||Loss||32–12||Joseph Parker||UD||12||18 Dec 2021||37 years, 354 days||AO Arena, Manchester, England||For WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title|
|43||Loss||32–11||Joseph Parker||SD||12||1 May 2021||37 years, 123 days||AO Arena, Manchester, England||For vacant WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title|
|42||Loss||32–10||Oleksandr Usyk||UD||12||31 Oct 2020||36 years, 307 days||The SSE Arena, London, England||Lost WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title|
|41||Win||32–9||David Price||TKO||4 (12), 2:00||26 Oct 2019||35 years, 301 days||The O2 Arena, London, England||Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title|
|40||Win||31–9||Artur Szpilka||KO||2 (10), 1:01||20 Jul 2019||35 years, 203 days||The O2 Arena, London, England|
|39||Win||30–9||Senad Gashi||UD||10||20 Apr 2019||35 years, 112 days||The O2 Arena, London, England|
|38||Loss||29–9||Dillian Whyte||KO||11 (12), 1:56||22 Dec 2018||34 years, 358 days||The O2 Arena, London, England||For WBC Silver and WBO International heavyweight titles|
|37||Win||29–8||Carlos Takam||TKO||8 (12), 1:01||28 Jul 2018||34 years, 211 days||The O2 Arena, London, England||Won vacant WBA International heavyweight title|
|36||Win||28–8||Zakaria Azzouzi||TKO||2 (8), 2:12||24 Mar 2018||34 years, 85 days||The O2 Arena, London, England|
|35||Loss||27–8||Agit Kabayel||MD||12||4 Nov 2017||33 years, 310 days||Casino de Salle Medcin, Monte Carlo, Monaco||For European heavyweight title|
|34||Win||27–7||Robert Filipovic||TKO||5 (6), 1:20||30 Sep 2017||33 years, 275 days||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England|
|33||Loss||26–7||Dillian Whyte||SD||12||10 Dec 2016||32 years, 347 days||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England||For WBC International heavyweight title|
|32||Win||26–6||Drazan Janjanin||KO||2 (8), 1:09||10 Sep 2016||32 years, 256 days||Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden|
|31||Loss||25–6||Kubrat Pulev||SD||12||7 May 2016||32 years, 130 days||Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany||For vacant European heavyweight title|
|30||Win||25–5||Andras Csomor||TKO||2 (8), 2:08||9 Jan 2016||32 years, 11 days||Baden-Arena, Offenburg, Germany|
|29||Win||24–5||Jakov Gospic||TKO||3 (8), 2:23||12 Dec 2015||31 years, 348 days||The O2 Arena, London, England|
|28||Win||23–5||Peter Erdos||TKO||5 (8), 1:01||5 Dec 2015||31 years, 341 days||Inselparkhalle, Hamburg, Germany|
|27||Win||22–5||Marcelo Luiz Nascimento||PTS||10||26 Sep 2015||31 years, 271 days||The SSE Arena, London, England|
|26||Win||21–5||Beka Lobjanidze||KO||1 (10), 0:29||24 Jul 2015||31 years, 207 days||The SSE Arena, London, England|
|25||Loss||20–5||Tyson Fury||RTD||10 (12), 3:00||29 Nov 2014||30 years, 335 days||ExCeL, London, England||Lost European and WBO International heavyweight titles;|
For vacant British heavyweight title
|24||Win||20–4||Kevin Johnson||UD||12||15 Feb 2014||30 years, 48 days||Copper Box Arena, London, England||Retained WBA International and WBO International heavyweight titles|
|23||Win||19–4||Ondřej Pála||TKO||3 (12), 2:25||30 Nov 2013||29 years, 336 days||Copper Box Arena, London, England||Retained WBO International heavyweight title;|
Won vacant WBA International heavyweight title
|22||Win||18–4||Edmund Gerber||TKO||5 (12), 2:50||21 Sep 2013||29 years, 266 days||Copper Box Arena, London, England||Won vacant European heavyweight title|
|21||Win||17–4||Malik Scott||TKO||6 (10), 2:56||20 Jul 2013||29 years, 203 days||Wembley Arena, London, England||Won vacant WBO International heavyweight title|
|20||Win||16–4||Hector Alfredo Avila||TKO||9 (10), 2:49||20 Apr 2013||29 years, 112 days||Wembley Arena, London, England|
|19||Loss||15–4||David Haye||TKO||5 (10), 2:59||14 Jul 2012||28 years, 198 days||Boleyn Ground, London, England||For vacant WBA Inter-Continental and WBO International heavyweight titles|
|18||Loss||15–3||Vitali Klitschko||UD||12||18 Feb 2012||28 years, 51 days||Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany||For WBC heavyweight title|
|17||Loss||15–2||Robert Helenius||SD||12||3 Dec 2011||27 years, 339 days||Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland||For WBA Inter-Continental, WBO Inter-Continental, and vacant European heavyweight titles|
|16||Win||15–1||Remigijus Ziausys||PTS||6||11 Nov 2011||27 years, 317 days||North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, England|
|15||Loss||14–1||Tyson Fury||UD||12||23 Jul 2011||27 years, 206 days||Wembley Arena, London, England||Lost British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles|
|14||Win||14–0||Sam Sexton||TKO||9 (12), 2:53||18 Sep 2010||26 years, 263 days||LG Arena, Birmingham, England||Retained British heavyweight title;|
Won Commonwealth heavyweight title
|13||Win||13–0||Danny Williams||TKO||2 (12), 1:41||15 May 2010||26 years, 137 days||Boleyn Ground, London, England||Won British heavyweight title|
|12||Win||12–0||Carl Baker||TKO||2 (10), 2:13||13 Feb 2010||26 years, 46 days||Wembley Arena, London, England|
|11||Win||11–0||Zurab Noniashvili||TKO||3 (8), 2:20||9 Oct 2009||25 years, 284 days||York Hall, London, England|
|10||Win||10–0||Paul Butlin||PTS||8||22 May 2009||25 years, 144 days||York Hall, London, England|
|9||Win||9–0||Daniil Peretyatko||PTS||8||30 Jan 2009||25 years, 32 days||York Hall, London, England|
|8||Win||8–0||Neil Simpson||RTD||2 (8), 3:00||6 Dec 2008||24 years, 343 days||ExCeL, London, England|
|7||Win||7–0||Lee Swaby||TKO||3 (8), 2:45||26 Sep 2008||24 years, 272 days||York Hall, London, England|
|6||Win||6–0||Shawn McLean||TKO||6 (8), 3:00||12 Sep 2008||24 years, 258 days||Grosvenor House, London, England|
|5||Win||5–0||Sam Sexton||TKO||6 (6), 2:34||14 Jun 2008||24 years, 168 days||York Hall, London, England|
|4||Win||4–0||Paul Butlin||PTS||4||12 Jan 2008||24 years, 14 days||York Hall, London, England|
|3||Win||3–0||Darren Morgan||PTS||4||13 Oct 2007||23 years, 288 days||York Hall, London, England|
|2||Win||2–0||Tony Booth||PTS||4||7 Apr 2007||23 years, 99 days||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales|
|1||Win||1–0||István Kecskés||TKO||2 (4), 1:21||17 Feb 2007||23 years, 50 days||Wembley Arena, London, England|
|23 July 2011||Derek Chisora vs. Tyson Fury||Channel 5||United Kingdom||2,900,000|||
|3 December 2011||Robert Helenius vs. Derek Chisora||Das Erste||Germany||3,160,000|||
|18 February 2012||Vitali Klitschko vs. Derek Chisora||multiple||International||500,000,000|||
|Polsat Sport Extra||Poland||208,000|||
|7 May 2016||Kubrat Pulev vs. Derek Chisora||Sat.1||Germany||1,930,000|||
|1||22 December 2018||Dillian Whyte vs. Derek Chisora II||United Kingdom||Sky Box Office||532,000|||
|2||31 October 2020||Oleksandr Usyk vs. Derek Chisora||United Kingdom||Sky Box Office||1,059,000|||
|3||1 May 2021||Derek Chisora vs. Joseph Parker||United Kingdom||Sky Box Office||145,000|||
Subscription sports streaming service bouts
18 December 2021
|Parker vs. Chisora II||DAZN|
|2018||Pitbull: Last Dog||Boxer 2|
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