78 Facts About Chisora


Derek Chisora was born on 29 December 1983 and is a British former professional boxer who competed from 2007 and 2022.

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Chisora challenged once for the WBC heavyweight title in 2012.

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Derek Chisora was born on 29 December 1983 in Mbare, a suburb of the Zimbabwean capital Harare, the son of Viola and Paul Chisora.

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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.

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Chisora turned professional under Frank Warren's Queensberry Promotions banner and was trained by Don Charles, alongside Dean Powell in his corner.

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Chisora made his professional debut on 17 February 2007 at the Wembley Arena in London, beating Hungarian Istvan Kecskes by a technical knockout in the second round.

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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.

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Chisora's third fight was at the York Hall in London against Welshman Darren Morgan on 13 October 2007, winning on points after four rounds.

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Chisora stated in 2022 that Morgan was the hardest puncher he has ever faced in his career.

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In Chisora's sixth fight, on 12 September 2008 at the Grosvenor House, in his first fight over eight rounds, he defeated American Shawn McLean via sixth-round stoppage.

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In Chisora's tenth fight, on 22 May 2009, he defeated Paul Butlin for the second time, to extend his record to ten wins.

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Chisora was suspended for four months for biting Butlin's ear during the fifth round of their contest while in a clinch.

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The incident was missed by referee Dave Parris but TV replays proved conclusive, and as a result Chisora missed out on his fight for the British heavyweight title against Danny Williams.

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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.

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Chisora was supposed to face Matt Skelton for the vacant Southern Area heavyweight title at the Wembley Arena in London, but the bout was cancelled.

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Chisora instead fought Carl Baker in a British title eliminator, with the winner to face Williams.

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Chisora grabbed and kissed Baker at the weigh-in for the fight.

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Chisora defeated former world title challenger Williams, winning the British title by stoppage.

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Chisora set the pace in the opening round and put Williams under pressure, Williams was warned twice for holding in the first round.

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Chisora was scheduled to face unified IBF, WBO, IBO, and Ring magazine heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko on 11 December 2010, at the SAP Arena, in Mannheim, but Klitschko pulled out of the fight three days prior, after suffering a torn abdominal muscle.

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At the weigh-in, Chisora weighed a career-heavy 261 pounds, while Fury came in a 255.

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Chisora was supposed to face Larry Olubamiwo on 5 November 2011, at the Wembley Arena in London, but the bout was cancelled, following Olubamiwo withdrawing due to illness.

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Chisora faced undefeated contender Robert Helenius on 3 December 2011, at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki for the WBA and WBO Intercontinental, and vacant European heavyweight titles.

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Chisora complained afterwards, demanding an immediate rematch on a neutral territory.

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Sources in Germany reported that Chisora was likely to fight WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on 18 February 2012, at the Olympiahalle in Munich.

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At the weigh-in, Chisora slapped Klitschko across the face when the two went head-to-head during the staredown.

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Chisora was quoted as saying after the slap "I ain't come here to play games I come here to fight".

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At times, Chisora was able to deliver some punishment of his own, with most of his work coming with body shots and hooks to Klitschko's head, forcing Klitschko onto the back foot, and his best rounds being the eighth and twelfth round.

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Chisora became only the fourth man, to take Klitschko the twelve round distance.

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Chisora then intervened, calling Haye an "embarrassment", and challenged Haye to a fight, to which Haye responded that Chisora had lost "three fights in a row".

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Haye threw punches at Chisora whilst holding a bottle in one hand, leading to Chisora accusing Haye of glassing him.

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Police detained Chisora, but released him without charge following questioning, whilst urging Haye to turn himself in.

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On 21 February 2012, Haye and Chisora both released formal statements about the incident.

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The bout heated up at the end of the third round, as Chisora closed the distance and caught Haye with a flush left hook after the bell had gone, which appeared to hurt Haye.

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Chisora emerged at the start of the fourth round aggressively, exchanging punches with Haye.

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At the eighth count, Chisora made it to his feet, Haye connected with a series of punches, knocking Chisora down for a second time, and though he regained his feet again, the referee waved the fight off, therefore giving Haye the win by TKO in the fifth round.

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In March 2013, Chisora was issued a new British Boxing Board of Control licence.

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Chisora made his ring return on 20 April 2013 at the Wembley Arena in London.

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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.

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Chisora won the bout via controversial knockout in round 6, following an over hand right.

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Chisora controlled the fight from the opening bell, eventually drawing blood from Gerber after three rounds.

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Chisora entered the ring in tears following the recent death of his mentor, Dean Powell.

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Chisora was scheduled to fight Arnold Gjergjaj, who broke his ribs in sparring.

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Chisora was then replaced with Italian Matteo Mudugno, who pulled out injured.

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In round three, Chisora trapped Pala in a corner and clubbed him to the head and body with a series of powerful shots which forced Pala to turn his back from the oncoming onslaught, forcing the referee to stop the contest.

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Chisora fought four times in 2013, winning all inside the distance.

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On 27 January 2014, it was announced that Chisora would fight former world title challenger Kevin Johnson at the Copper Box in London on 15 February 2014.

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Chisora inflicted the first knockdown of Johnsons career in the fifth round, and won by unanimous decision after twelve rounds.

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Fury and Chisora rescheduled the rematch for 29 November 2014 at ExCeL London.

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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.

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Fury used his jab to trouble Chisora and kept on the outside creating a distance with his longer reach.

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Chisora failed to land any telling punches, and due to Fury's awkward fighting style, end up hitting him below the belt.

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Chisora was warned by referee Marcus McDonnell in the first round.

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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.

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On 24 March 2017, it was announced that Chisora would get his much awaited rematch against Finnish boxer Robert Helenius at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.

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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.

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Chisora explained that he had the power to put his opponent away, but wanted to enjoy the fight.

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Chisora became more active after round 6, but failed to bustle the attack on Kabayel, who moved well with his feet.

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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 take place at the O2 Arena.

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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.

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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 beats me you write me a cheque of £1, if I beat him you give me your purse against Tony and your TV rights".

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Takam started the fight out-working Chisora, who spent most of the rounds against the ropes looking for counters.

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Chisora began to take more punishment as the fight progressed and fell clearly behind on the scorecards.

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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.

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Chisora continued to be the aggressor throughout but his opponent survived to the end of the contest.

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Chisora produced a ruthless display and defeated Szpilka via 2nd Round KO.

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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.

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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.

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Chisora faced Usyk on 31 October 2020, and lost by unanimous decision.

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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.

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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.

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On 7 June 2022, it was announced that Chisora would fight Pulev in a rematch on 9 July at The O2 Arena in London, live on DAZN.

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In November 2010, Chisora was found guilty of assaulting his then-girlfriend after finding text messages from another man on her phone.

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Chisora narrowly escaped being sent to prison, and was given a 12-week sentence suspended for two years.

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In November 2015, Chisora was stopped in his Bentley near Hyde Park in London.

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In September 2016, it was reported that Chisora was driving without a valid driving licence, insurance and MOT certificate.

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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.

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Chisora endorsed the Brexit Party at the 2019 European Parliament elections.

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