Dereck Chisora: ‘British Boxing Needs Me Back”

Britain’s heavyweight division sees the return of the colourful and controversial Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora who resumes his career after an eight month hiatus.

The former former British, Commonwealth and European Champion and WBC World Heavyweight title contender gets back between the ropes this Friday (24th July) at the SSE Arena, Wembley, show. The pride of Finchley features in a ten round international contest against Georgia’s Beqa Lobjanidze.

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‘British boxing needs me back,’ declared ‘Del, who lost his titles to Tyson Fury at the ExCeL Arena in November.

It was the former world title challengers fifth reverse – and second to Fury – in his eight year 25 fight pro career and many expected him to drift quietly off into the sunset.

‘Retire?! How old do you think I am? I’m just 31, just starting out. I never announced my retirement. I’ve a long, long time left,’ he insists.

‘Look, Tyson thumbed me in the first round, then thumbed me in the third round. My eye closed and I couldn’t see. Trust me, in time, Tyson and me are gonna bump it again. ‘Del Boy’s’ a long way from finished.

‘My goals now are exactly the same as they were when I first started out as a pro; to be in great fights against other great fighters. I’m an entertainer, I deliver the fans what they want. I create a jolly!’

Though he has not been seen since the Fury loss, the Zimbabwe born former ABA super-heavyweight champion insists he has been far from idle.

‘I’ve passed most of the last eight months at the gym, training, training, training, man, getting ready to come back’ he says.

‘I’ve got a new set-up, a new trainer in Gary Innes and, for now, I’m training at a gym in St Pancras. I’ve got my mojo back and I’ve been learning lots of great new stuff. I can’t wait to demonstrate my skills to the public.’

New man Innes, a one time amateur boxer and ex kick-boxer who has previously tutored talents such as Dean Francis, Ossie Duran, Leon Williams and Pele Reid, has been busy orchestrating the technical and psychological changes needed to vault Chisora from contender to champion again.

He said: ‘Trust me, he still really wants to fight. Some can fight but don’t want to. Others can’t fight but really want to. Dereck has both the ability and the desire. His mindset is good. He’s really enjoying his boxing at the moment.”

Chisora, ever the gladiator, is chomping to get straight back among the iron in boxing’s blue riband division.

Tyson Fury to Headline O2 Arena Feb. 28th. Opponent TBA

Promoter Frank Warren confirmed today that Tyson Fury will headline London’s O2 Arena on Saturday 28th February in his final fight before going on to challenge for the WBO World Heavyweight Championship.
 
The undefeated Manchester star will face a top 15 ranked contender to be announced as he keeps busy ahead of a long-awaited shot at reigning WBO World Champion Wladimir Klitschko.
 
Fury put on the best performance of his career last month when he defeated Dereck Chisora for a second time, completely shutting out the Londoner with a dominant performance over ten rounds before Chisora was retired by his corner.
 
With the win, Fury took Chisora’s European title and also won the vacant British title for a second time, plus securing the number one spot in the WBO rankings and mandatory challenger position to the Ukrainian great.
 
The 25-year-old will take a break over Christmas and begin training again in early January as he will know the identity of his challenger by then.
 
“It’s great to have my first fight of the year up and announced so now I can go away, have a break over Christmas and then get back in the gym with a goal to aim for,” Said Fury.
 
“When I haven’t got a fight lined up I find it hard to concentrate, I need that focus to aim towards and at least I know I’m fighting on February 28th and then I’ve got the WBO World title fight next,”
 
“I’ll have my opponent confirmed shortly and then I’ll let my trainer and uncle Peter get on with setting up the training camp and fight plans,”
 
“The win against Chisora was very satisfying because I showed that I’m not just a crash, bang, wallop fighter, I can box clever and take someone apart clinically,”
 
“I’m now the mandatory challenger to Klitschko and there’s no way he can dodge me, he can either vacate the title or defend the title against me, either way I’m going to fight for the world title this summer,”
 
“Klitschko can have his fight in March, but then he knows he’s got me next, he’s run from me for the last two years and now knows that I’m reality and I’m next,”  
 
“He can be a fighting man and show the world he’s not scared by defending his title against me or prove what I’ve been saying about him for the last few years by vacating the title without fighting me,”
 
“Ideally I want to fight the man who is holding the belt, the champion, this so called great Wladimir Klitschko, I don’t want the vacant belt, I want Klitschko.”
 
Warren revealed that he contacted the Klitschko camp to try and make the fight between Tyson and Wladimir for March but has had no response.
 
He said, “I emailed Klitschko’s business manager Bernd Bonte to try and cut through all the tape and make the fight for March, but I’ve not had a response back from them yet,”
 
“That’s fine, but they’ll have to sit down and negotiate after Klitschko has had his fight fight or we can go to purse bids, either way Fury’s going to fight for the world title this year,”
 
“We’ll have Tyson’s opponent confirmed shortly, but the main thing is that he keeps busy as he’s only fought twice in a year and half and this next fight will keep him active before he fights again in the summer,”
 
“Tyson is the mandatory challenger to Klitschko and it’s a position we want to preserve.  Klitschko is the long reigning champion, the guy who holds all the belts, and ideally we want him to defend the title against Tyson,”
 
“Obviously Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder fight on January 17 and the winner of that could be another potential avenue for Fury and if an opportunity comes up there then it will be worth exploring, but it’s Klitschko who we want.”
 
The multi-title show will also feature the return of Chris Eubank Jnr. who makes his comeback after his first career loss to Billy Joe Saunders last month, plus Cromer ace Liam Walsh defending his British and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight titles; Bradley Skeete returning to action and challenging for the Vacant WBO European Welterweight title; big-hitting Enfield star Frank Buglioni making the first defence, in his second reign, of the WBO European Super-Middleweight title; Erith talent Lewis Pettitt defending his WBA International Super-Bantamweight Championship; plus exciting welterweight Ahmet Patterson defending his English Welterweight Championship against Sunderland’s undefeated Glenn Foot that will also be an Eliminator for the British Championship.

“Prince” Naseem Hamed – Hall of Fame Worthy?

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By: Steve Gallegos

This past weekend in London, over 18,000 fans packed the ExCel Arena to watch Tyson Fury take on Dereck Chisora. One of those fans on hand to watch the event was former featherweight kingpin “PrinceNaseem Hamed. In between rounds of one of the bouts, we caught an glimpse of Hamed via the TV cameras. “Naz” looked to be a shell of his former self as he has put on a significant amount of weight over the years; however he still sported that same smile he had when he ruled the 126 lb division for the latter half of the 1990’s.

Every couple of years the discussion arises about whether Hamed should be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY. “Naz” left behind a legacy of dominance and showmanship and many believe it was a legacy uncompleted. Many fans remember Hamed for his arrogance and felt he was a fraud instead of a legitimate champion. We are going to focus why “Naz” is Hall of Fame worthy and as well as giving this man some shine that he deserves.

Hamed set the standard for flashy ring entrances as his entrances were a mix of smoke, lights, music and dancing. He always had a new trick up his sleeve, whether it was being brought out on a magic carpet or coming into the ring in a Chevy Impala Convertible. His entrances were lengthy and most times it would frustrate his opponent, allowing “Naz” to get inside of their head. Almost each and every ring entrance was topped off by a front sommersault over the top rope into the ring. He was also great at hyping up a fight and he knew how to get inside of his opponent’s head by belittling them during press conferences and telling them that he was going to knock them out, most of the time making good on his promises.

Inside the ring, he was a master showman. He was a very unorthodox southpaw who held his hands low and threw punches from the most akward angles. He had tremendous power in either hand as he scored sensational knockouts. Hamed was never in a bad fight and even though he tasted the canvas on many occasions, he would always rise to his feet and knock his opponent out. (Ie; his sensational knockout win over Kevin Kelley in which both fighters scored three knockdowns each.) He was a major draw no matter where he fought and he would pack huge arenas in the UK as well as the U.S.

He also helped put the featherweight division on the map in the 90’s and would win three world titles en-route to earning million dollar paydays, which were unheard of for a featherweight. He won and defended his WBO featherweight title 16 times and was one of the sport’s first “Super” champions. Many believe he didn’t fight anybody good, however his resume of opponents is not bad. He beat top notch world champions such as Manuel Medina, Tom Johnson, Kevin Kelley, Wilfredo Vazquez, Wayne McCullough, Paul Ingle, Cesar Soto and Vuyani Bungu.

His record as a professional was 36-1 with 31 KO’s and his only loss came against the legendary Marco Antonio Barrera. So the question remains. Is “PrinceNaseem Hamed Hall of Fame worthy? Based on his accomplishments and the legacy he created, the answer is “Yes”. Love him or hate him, you have to respect what he has accomplished and the good he did for the sport of boxing. There wasn’t another fighter like him and he is a fighter that many of us wish was still around.

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