Derek Chisora puts bums in seats and almost always provides for an entertaining fight, hence why he’s still being called out sixteen years on from his professional debut.
The British boxing stalwart has suffered some punishing losses, most recently to Oleksandr Usyk, Joseph Parker and Tyson Fury, but remains adamant that he will fight on for the foreseeable.
A unanimous decision win over Gerald Washington last time out finds the 39-year-old looking for his next opponent, and one Mahmoud Charr, formerly Manuel, has put himself on a plate.
Charr was crowned WBA Regular Heavyweight Champion this year after legal proceedings against the sanctioning body. Also 39, he has built up six low-level wins since a loss to Mairis Briedis in 2015, but hasn’t yet defending this new belt of his.
He wants that to change against Chisora, calling him out on social media with a fight poster mocked up ready to go and the caption:
“Chisora it’s time to shine again! I respect your last fights and you show the world that you are a great fighter and true challenger for me to fight for the WBA world title. I hope you are ready to fight me brother in SAUDI February 17. Two world title fights for the undisputed heavyweight championship and for the WBA regular world title. Let’s make it happen Inshalla.”
— Muhammad Zain (@Muhammad_Zain68) November 23, 2023
February 17 will see Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk – who holds the ‘super’ WBA title – face off to crown an undisputed champion in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Chisora wants a big money fight, and that seems to be the card to have it on. Whether or not Charr will be in the opposite corner remains to be seen.
The last man to hold the WBA Regular was Daniel Dubois, and it earned him a shot at Usyk. Accepting the fight and winning it means ‘Del Boy’ could have one last crack at the top before hanging up the gloves.