Chisora's Trainer Reveals: I Believe Dereck is Autistic

Dereck Chisora's trainer Don Charles believes the British public will grow to love a fighter whose erratic behaviour he suspects can be partly explained by autism.

Upton Park will provide the setting for a domestic showdown mired in controversy when Chisora meets former world heavyweight champion David Haye on Saturday night.

The rivals brawled at a press conference after Chisora's WBC title loss to Vitali Klitschko in February, the final act of a series of outrageous incidents involving the 28-year-old.

Even Charles himself occasionally comes to blows with a fighter he has trained and mentored at his gym in Finchley since 2006.

"Dereck is an extrovert, he's an eccentric character and can be unpredictable," said Charles.

"I haven't had it tested but I believe he is autistic. There are also other things that he has, which I won't reveal, that make him the type of character he is.

"Sometimes when people are dyslexic with a touch of autism they speak in actions and can get frustrated.

"My own assessment is that he acts to make up for his deficiencies he has communicating."

Chisora arrived in the UK as a 16-year-old from Zimbabwe and Charles believes he has suffered from the absence of his father Paul, who remains in the African nation.

"Dereck's father didn't bring him up, his mum did. Consequently that discipline you need from your father when you're growing up isn't there," Charles said.

"He finds it very hard to take instructions from another man. It's been very difficult to train him.

"The combination of autism and dyslexia makes it hard for him to receive information.

"I was banging my head against a wall for three years until a specialist told me the way to give him information is to break it down into little segments and feed it to him in pieces.

"Since I've done that we've been getting information into his system. But nevertheless we have a volatile relationship.

"He's very hard to train, but that's what makes him the fighter he is.

"You can't remove that animal instinct from him because if you, you've killed him as a fighter.

"Instead you must learn how to manage, contain and nurture it.

"I've told Dereck he's got to earn understanding and people can only judge him on what they see him do.

"They don't know the real Dereck Chisora, but when he beats Haye it will give him the chance to prolong his career as a champion and they will grow to love him."

Sometimes the tension between Charles and Chisora sees the pair exchange punches and they clashed during the build up to Saturday's collision with Haye.

"Many times I've thought I don't need this. I've walked off, I've thought 'I'm not training him any more'," said the 50-year-old from Nigeria.

"Over numerous occasions over the years we've had to be pulled apart. We fight all the time. It's not nice.

"We came to blows very recently during this training camp, I'm not going to deny it. It happened.

"Two hours later he apologised for igniting it and I apologised for putting my hands on him."

Chisora meets Haye on the back of three successive defeats, though he was the victim of a hometown decision against Finnish European champion Robert Helenius last December.

He earned admirers for his brave and impressive display against Klitschko, at least until the madness descended at the post-fight press conference.

Instead, the defeat that really rankles was by Tyson Fury when, out of condition and unmotivated, he surrendered his British and Commonwealth titles.

Charles reveals that while the build-up to the Fury fight was far from perfect, Chisora emerges with credit for stepping into the ring.

"I wanted to pull Dereck out of the fight. He was breaking down physically in training and mentally he wasn't the same guy we know," he said.

"He didn't pull out because he didn't want to be stripped of his titles and we needed money.

"We'd just come off the Wladimir Klitschko cancellation and Klitschko never paid us any compensation.

"I wanted to pull him out but after the fight he said the reason he wouldn't allow it was because he needed to pay us.

"I wouldn't have let him fight had I known that. Next time I won't let him get in the ring if he's not ready.

"The fact he was willing to fight so that his team would be paid shows the character he is. It brought tears to my eyes."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MASTER1454 on 07-11-2012

[QUOTE=millcitymauler;12321557]Ya know what, you seem like a reasonable guy, and this is obviously getting too personal. I think we probably agree on more than what we don't... People are different, but don't be so quick to look at America with…

Comment by NoLove on 07-11-2012

[QUOTE=mushahadeen;12321266]Uhhhhh so despite indisputable evidence that [U]human civilizations thrived for thousands of years without bipolar medication[/U] think it's incumbent upon [I]me[/I] to research suicide statistics of ancient populations???? Does that make sense to you??????????[/QUOTE] They did not thrive because they…

Comment by Ravens Fan on 07-10-2012

I have been reading this stuff and some of the words have to be the biggest and longest ones that I have ever seen being used on Boxing Scene.

Comment by millcitymauler on 07-10-2012

[QUOTE=MASTER1454;12321489]LOL, I see very clearly. And yes I do know that the discipline of children has fallen off the cliff, but blanket statements have no place & cannot be proven by facts. Things cannot be so generalized, and that's one…

Comment by MASTER1454 on 07-10-2012

[QUOTE=millcitymauler;12321384]If you think that the parents of over-diagnosed kids don't have a measure of culpabilty in their child's behavior, then you're clearly living in a woozy dreamworld manufactured by the libearls who are trying to destroy your ability to think…

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