Chisora says Wladimir still has to fight him, refuses to step aside
By Sean McDaniel: Unbeaten British heavyweight Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KO’s) refuses to just go away quietly after IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) pulled out of his fight this Saturday night at the SAP Arena, in Mannheim, Germany. Chisora, 26, still insists that Wladimir has to fight him, saying that there’s a clause in the contract that says that Wladimir has to fight him at some point.
Speaking to the BBC Sport Five, Chisora said “He offered the fight and he has to fight me. We want that fight.” Chisora is sounding pretty confident about still getting his title shot, saying “I’m very confident. I’m in the papers now, I’m in the limelight and everybody wants to see what I’ve got in the ring. People are going to be tuning in to watch me now. Him and David Haye, that’s going to have to wait for a bit because he has to go past me now. We’re not in it for the money. We were fighting for no good money, we were fighting for pride and to prove we’re the best in the game, so we’re not stepping aside. Either way he’s going to have to fight me or his brother or David Haye now because I’m knocking on the big doors, now I want the big fights.”
There is a lot of talk about Wladimir and Haye getting together for a fight next instead of the Chisora bout. It’s unknown whether Chisora can force a title shot next or of if he’ll have to wait until the Klitschko-Haye bout takes place, provided that Chisora actually does have something in the contract that states that Wladimir has to fight him. If so, there’s always the the good old step aside payment that could be given to Chisora to get him to wait awhile for the bigger fight between Klitschko and Haye to take place. That’s the fight that people want to see, not Wladimir beating up on a 14 fight near novice. Chisora talks with the confidence of a champion, but thus far he hasn’t proven to be anything more than a short domestic British champion, who has a tendency to throw wide shots without a lot of speed or power. In other words, Chisora would likely struggle to beat even the bottom tier heavyweights in the top 20, let alone the best heavyweight in the division Wladimir.
Chisora adds, “We’ve got a clause in our contract saying the fight is going to happen anyway but we’ll just have to wait and see now.”
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