By Frank Wiechula, courtesy of The Daily Star
DERECK CHISORA wants to be crowned boxing’s Big Brother heavyweight champion of the world.
The Finchley fighter, who continues his ring quest tonight against American Kevin Johnson, is a huge fan of Channel 5 series Celebrity Big Brother.
And unlike ex-heavyweight king Evander Holyfield, the first housemate to be booted out in the most recent series, Chisora is aiming to go the distance this year.
He is the subject of his own filmed reality programme and said: “I watched Celebrity Big Brother, it was one of the best. I think it’s number one in the ones they’ve done.
“It was a good cast, young and some older guys, a bit of a mixed culture, people like Lee Ryan and Jim Davidson - but interesting and enjoyable.
“If there’s a great programme on tv and everyone’s talking about it, it’s good to watch and people will watch it. Big Brother was amazing to watch.
“Yes, Holyfield won the world heavyweight title, but he didn’t have a good character in the house to win Big Brother. I like Jim Davidson, he’s funny. Yes, he was a worthy winner.
“I also liked Luisa (Zissman). She said what she wants to say, she’s like me, she doesn’t give a damn, which is good.”
To keep that dream alive Chisora has to win his next two bouts, then come through a planned world title eliminator against fellow Brit Tyson Fury - who also fights at London’s Copper Box tonight.
After that champion Wladimir Klitschko lies in wait.
In the meantime, fans can catch up on Chisora’s daily life, in and out of the ring, as the 30-year-old is followed around by a camera crew shooting a series of documentary films on him for his website.
They have already filmed three episodes, called ‘Del’s World’.
He said: “It’s all access, everything goes. I want people to see what I’m like.”
Chisora knows if he records a fifth straight stoppage and becomes the first man to stop Johnson in the American’s 35th contest it will boost his ratings.
Chisora said: “I want to be the first to knock him out. He’s taken Tyson Fury the distance, Fury couldn’t do it but I’m confident I can.”
It is a new-look, calmer Chisora, who infamously lost his boxing licence in 2012 after brawling with David Haye in a press conference.
But he has ditched his anger management sessions and said: “I fired the sports psychologist because she was charging me too much money.
“It was anger management sessions. There’s bigger things for me to worry about now but I’m still the same really - if some one p****s me off I will have it out with them.
“At this stage I don’t really need her any more because she helped me so much, but my team are now guiding me the right way. I am much more in control now, I am in a better place - I’m happy.”
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