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Derek Chisora: “If he [Fury] don’t, I want Deontay Wilder”

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By Barry Holbrook: Derek Chisora says he wants a fight against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury next or Deontay Wilder if he chooses not to face him.

The journeyman Chisora (33-12, 23 KOs) believes a “bigger” fight is now in store for him after his narrow 12-round split decision win over 41-year-old Kubrat Pulev on July 9th.

It wasn’t vintage stuff from the 15-year professional Chisora, but he squeaked out the victory by the following scores: 116-114, 116-112 for Chisor, and 116-112 for Pulev.

Chisora should be realistic with himself and not get crazy ideas of Fury or Wilder looking in this direction for a fight. Even if they wanted to, their management and the networks they fight on would nix that idea because it wouldn’t sell.

The networks aren’t going to be pleased at seeing Wilder or Fury fight an old faded journeyman like Chisora because the fans won’t want to see it in high numbers.

It’s unlikely former WBC champion Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) will choose Chisora if he returns to the ring because there are PBC heavyweights that his management would look to match him with.

Why would they want to help out Matchroom Boxing by throwing a bone at the 38-year-old Chisora, who looked terribly shot against Pulev (29-3, 14 KOs). It was a case of Pulev being more washed than Chisora, and in the end, it was a fight that could have gone either way.

“I don’t know whatever judge was scoring it. Gave it 12 something. I don’t know what the hell he was scoring it,” said Derek Chisora to iFL TV about one off the judges’ scores for his recent victory over 41-year-old Kubrat Pulev on July 9th.

“I’m used to getting those numbers. Shout out to Pulev. It was a great fight. Everyone loved it. So, bigger ones are coming now. Listen, Frank Warren and his posse, Gypsy King and his posse, just tell me when and what time, where, and I’m there,” said Chisora when told that Tyson Fury expressed interest in fighting him.

“I want to fight. It’s not what I want. I want to fight. If you’re a fighter, you everybody out there. I want to fight, and that is it. I get loads of people telling me, ‘He should go out on a great win; you should retire.’ I want to fight; I love fighting.

“It’s just business. It would be a great fight,” said Chisora about it is surprising that Fury is expressing interest in fighting him again. “Much respect to Tyson and his family. If he wants to fight, we’ll fight. If he don’t, I want Deontay Wilder.

“Don’t watch it,” Chisora said when told that a lot of boxing fan don’t want him to fight Deontay. “Because they’re failures in their lives,” said Derek about why people don’t want him to fight Wilder.

“They failed every time they jump a hurdle, so they always give up. They’d rather take the easy way of life, waiting to die. I don’t want to do that. I want the hard stuff in life. I want to go and prove myself something.

“I want to go out there and explore the world, but they don’t. The people that say those things look at their lives. Look what they do and the comments around your blog.

“Ask, ‘First of all, what do you do for a living?’ They can’t walk in my shoes. That’s why they take the easy way out. They’d rather marry the easy option rather than go for the hard option.

“Look at them,” said Chisora when told that trainers Ben Davison and Dave Coldwell believe he shouldn’t fight Wilder. “Ben Davison, he only became a great trainer because of Tyson Fury.

“Dave Coldwell, he lives in Sheffield, bro. That’s all I have to say to you. Look at those people’s lives compared to mine. I want to fight.

“Listen, I want to fight everybody. #3 with Dillian [Whyte], I’ll do it. If I have to fight Deontay Wilder, I’d do it. If I have to fight Tyson Fury, I would. I want to fight anybody. F*** that s***,” said Chisora when asked if retirement is totally out of the question.

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