By Jake Donovan
At the top of the Christmas wish list to Santa Claus for
Dereck Chisora was a world title fight against either of the Klitschko brothers
at some point in 2014. For now, he’s content to settle for what he views as a
The resurgent heavyweight contender enters the New Year
as a calmer, more focused fighter in pursuit of championship glory. His first
fight on the year has been set for February 15, and now comes with a confirmed
opponent. Chisora will square off versus Andriy Rudenko, an unbeaten prospect
from the Ukraine.
New Year everyone and let this be the year that I get an opportunity at the
world heavyweight title and bring it back to Britain,” said Chisora. “Rudenko is a great start to the year for
me, he’s a strong, powerful and undefeated challenger who’s got his own
ambitions for the world title and will be coming over here to knock me out.”
bout, which airs on UK’s live from Copper Box Arena in London, marks the first
time Rudenko (24-0, 16KO) fights outside of Ukraine. His home country and last
name ending in ‘-ko’ are all that the 6’0½” heavyweight has in common with the
Klitschko brothers, but Chisora opts to view the forthcoming challenge in a
couldn’t get to the Klitschko brothers, they didn’t want to know about me,”
Chisora (19-4, 13KO) claims. “Vitali retired and vacated the title, but
good luck to him and his political ambitions. I gave him a hard twelve rounds
when we met and next time round he wouldn’t have come away with the title.
looks like he’ll be around for a little while longer and I’ve got unfinished
business to settle with him so I want to get to him and finish him off. So for
now I’m facing the Klitschko clone in Rudenko. This man can punch, he’s gone
the last five years knocking everybody out apart from one, but he’s not
carrying on with that run against me.”
bout with the elder Klitschko landed the once brash Brit in hot water. His
pre-fight antics included slapping the then-heavyweight titlist across the face
during their staredown following the weigh-in.
incident came at the cost of a $50,000 fine, though didn’t prevent him from
spitting water at lineal champion Wladimir Klitschko – at ringside in support
of Vitali – on his way to the ring on fight night. Nor did it restrain him from
engaging in his infamous brawl with David Haye during the post-fight press
conference, which earned him an indefinite suspension.
still went on to face Haye, though without the blessing of the British Board of
Boxing Control. Their July ’12 bout was fought under the auspices of the
Luxemborg Boxing Federation, with Chisora suffering a 5
and his fourth loss in a span of five fights.
came about in 2013, with Chisora winning four times in as many fights on the
year. Included among the lot was a 6
round stoppage of
then-unbeaten Malik Scott, with its ending causing widespread debate over the
protocol for issued ten counts. Nevertheless, the win held up, with Chisora
showing no signs of slowing down as he continues to seek out competition that
will force him to raise his game.
threat level goes up and so does my performance,” Chisora says of his upcoming
bout with Rudenko. “I’ll be at my sharpest against him and you’ll see another
destruction job from me. I’m at an ideal fighting weight, the flow of
punches and power are coming together, the 2014 Dereck Chisora is going to be a
real force to be reckoned with.”
Jake Donovan is the
Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the
and a member of
Boxing Writers Association of America.
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