By Frank Wiechula, courtesy of The Daily Star
DERECK CHISORA has been to anger management classes as boxing’s bad boy tries to win back his domestic licence.
The heavyweight has applied to the British Boxing Board of Control and is confident of regaining his credentials.
His licence was withdrawn after his press conference brawl with fellow Brit David Haye in Munich nearly a year ago.
That bust-up came after Chisora had slapped his then opponent Vitali Klitschko in the face before his WBC world title shot, and spat in the face of his brother Wladimir in the ring before the bout.
The Finchley fighter, who is aiming to return on Frank Warren’s bumper ‘Rule Britannia’ bill at Wembley Arena on March 16, has made efforts to cure his sometimes hair-trigger temper.
Chisora said: “I’ve taken some anger management classes. I went to so many sessions and a few one-on-ones.
“The Board came up with it and I was like, ‘I’m not going to do it’. Then one of my close people said, ‘You know what, it wouldn’t be a bad idea if you try it. If you don’t like it, don’t do it’.
“I got something out of it. But I told them if it doesn’t work, I want my money back!”
Chisora, who revealed his past indiscretions have not hurt his bank balance, insists those sessions will not blunt his fighting edge.
He said: “I love fighting. Is training and hitting the pads like anger management? No, that’s fun, that’s a hobby.”
Chisora, 29, has behaved in the last year, although his defeat by Haye at West Ham last July, under the Luxembourg federation, upset the Board.
But he has ruled out fighting pal and British heavyweight title holder David Price.
And Chisora added: “There is no money in the British title.
“It wasn’t a bad year. Are you joking, I’m rich! Me and my big mouth always talk myself into big fights, don’t worry about that.”
Chisora is set for a 10-rounder on a bill jointly topped by a world title unification clash between Scotland’s WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns and Mexico’s IBF holder Miguel Vazquez.
Then WBO light-heavyweight king Nathan Cleverly defends against German-based Serbian Robin Krasniqi.
And George Groves goes for the vacant European super-middleweight crown against Mohamed Ali Ndiaye.
‘Rule Britannia’, on March 16, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky ch. 437/Virgin 546).