Derek Chisora, 33 wins 12 losses and 23 KOs, has said that he’s retired from the sport of boxing.
Fans, however, are sceptical – with many believing it’s the sort of flexi-retirement that his former opponent, Tyson Fury, recently had a stint in. Still, a man must be taken at his word, and Chisora did confirm it three times.
In attendance at the Joe Joyce – Joseph Parker heavyweight scrap, ‘Del Boy’ caught up with BT Sport. When asked about his future fight plans, it turns out there are none.
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The interview was filmed before a confrontation with Tyson Fury in the crowd that ended with an offer to fight, which makes this retirement announcement even more open to doubt. The pair’s sort-of-friendship recently soured as fight negotiations for a third fight between them went south. Fury claimed to have offered Chisora £2 million to take part, but Chisora said he hadn’t seen a contract.
Since that fight has fallen through and ‘WAR’ Chisora has now said he’s hanging up the gloves, he finishes his extremely entertaining term in the sport with a split-decision win over Kubrat Pulev at his beloved O2 Arena in London.
In a career spanning 15 years, the heavyweight has held the British, Commonwealth and European belts, as well as challenging for the WBC World title. As entertaining at a press conference as he was in the ring, he gave British fight fans legendary rivalries with David Haye and Dillian Whyte – as well as some bizarre but hilarious one liners.
Should this be it for the Finchley fighter, he’ll be remembered in the sport as never turning down a challenge, right up until the final bell. Having said that, who knows what might coax him out of his decision and how soon that could happen…