By Nick Parkinson, coutesy of The Daily Star
DERECK CHISORA has already got the taxi in for his world heavyweight title clash with Vitali Klitschko.
Mad-cap Chisora, 28, challenges WBC champion Vitali, AKA Dr Ironfist, in Munich on February 18 and plans to spend his purse on renovating a Hackney Carriage.
Wheeler-dealer ‘Del Boy’ has already bought the London cab as the latest addition to his unusual collection of traditional iconic objects at his north London home.
And despite being a huge underdog for his first world title shot, Chisora expects to soon have his own fleet of London cabs by beating Vitali to set up a money-spinning showdown with his brother Wladimir, holder of the other three world titles.
He said: “I bought a black cab the other day and I am going to bring it to life. I am going to put in black windows, a Union Jack on it and red seats with a fridge for alcohol.
“Then I am going to get a driver to drive me about everywhere.
“New cabs are coming out and the old ones are getting scrapped so I bought one for a grand. It would cost me £10,000 to get it back to its original condition but it makes me happy.
“Hopefully I will be able to get some more cabs because this is going to be a trilogy against the Klitschko brothers. When I beat him I have to fight the brother Wladimir and then Vitali again.”
And it is not just taxi cabs, old parking meters or red phone boxes that Chisora collects.
He said: “The thing I am so proud about is a frame with an old £50, old £20, old £10 and old fiver. It is beautiful and the thing I love right now.
“My girlfriend has also bought me a Rumble in the Jungle poster, which I love a lot.
“I am not into antiques. Just things we take for granted. There are no more old parking meters and that is depressing. We take things like them and phone boxes for granted.
“I get them so when I have kids I can show them how things were a long time ago. I remember when I used to have to run to a phone box and arrange to meet people. We are losing touch.”
The Zimbabwe-born Londoner landed his shock shot at 6ft 8ins Ukrainian Vitali, 40, after being denied the European title by a controversial points decision against local hero Robert Helenius in Finland last month.
Cheeky Chisora, whose only defeat was to British king Tyson Fury in July, claims his streetwise knowledge will help him survive hard-hitting Vitali, who has stopped three of his last four opponents.
He added: “I have been hurt and Helenius really hurt me in the first round – but the schmuck didn’t know what to do.
“I couldn’t go forward and skipped backwards until I hit the ropes and when he came I jumped on him and held.
“John Oliver trained me in the amateurs and he taught me every dirty trick you can think of.
“He told me, ‘When you get hurt, don’t get macho man, just hold and regroup’.
“He taught me how to buy time and it is about being smart.
“It doesn’t mean I am being a punk. People don’t know a lot about me or understand me because you are judging the Tyson Fury fight.”