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Dereck Chisora Refuses to Look Beyond 7/14, David Haye

By Jake Donovan

It’s as if the media is incapable of covering a heavyweight bout without asking one or both of the participants if a win will prompt them to take a run at the Klitschkos.

Dereck Chisora enters his fight with David Haye this Saturday having already faced a Klitschko. The charismatic Brit traveled to Germany this past February to face Vitali Klitschko. While he came up short in his first title bid, Chisora gave the elder Klitschko his stiffest challenge in years.

However, moral victories in boxing are always a nice way of saying that a fighter lost. The points loss to Klitschko was the third time in his past four fights in which Chisora failed to have his arm raised at night’s end. One of the losses was a controversially scored contest against unbeaten Robert Helenius last December, a fight which many hailed as one of the worst robberies in recent memory.

Chisora (15-3, 9KO) still has to get past Haye on Saturday night, though both fighters enter the grudge match in search of their first win against a relevant opponent in well over a year. So you’ll have to pardon the contender if he takes offense to questions about another dance with a Klitschko or Helenius. Long term desires clearly take a back seat to what is at stake in his immediate future.

“The future plan is me and this guy fighting,” Chisora emphatically states of this weekend’s showdown with Haye (25-2, 23KO), which takes place – to the chagrin of the British Boxing Board of Control – at Upton Park in West Ham, London.

The bout airs live on EPIX as well as a live stream on EpixHD.com (Saturday, 4:30PM ET/1:30PM PT), his third straight appearance on the network. His previous two showings came in the aforementioned fights with Klitschko and Helenius. Neither have fought since then, while Chisora keeps tackling one tough challenge after another.

That – and not his losses to either fighter – should be the primary focus as far as he’s concerned.

“When was Robert Helenius’ last fight?” Chisora rhetorically asks, taking note of the fact that Helenius has spent all of 2012 to date on the injured list and with nothing lined up in the future. “Nobody wants to fight anybody. Boxers want easy fights and then claim to be the best ever. Robert Helenius won’t ever fight me again and he won’t ever be the same again.”

Chisora would love nothing more than the chance to reverse his three career losses. He acknowledges that he didn’t give himself any chance against Tyson Fury and that he was soundly beaten. The loss to Helenius was a bitter pill to swallow considering that so many people had Chisora winning the fight.

And there is no shame in losing to Klitschko. In fact, it’s as high praise as you can receive these days as a heavyweight when you are credited with delivering a better performance than any other has against a Klitschko in years. 

For now, though, none of that crosses Chisora’s mind. Without the present, there is no future. Chisora’s present contains an opponent he dislikes and he believes needs to be removed from the heavyweight mix once and for all.

“It’s about pride. It’s not about, ‘Hey, let’s go fight the Klitschkos.’ It’s about knocking out this fool because I don’t like him.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jack Napier on 07-14-2012

Chisora's made some fame for himself with his antics he's definitely got more guts than Haye does just don't see him winning the damn fight no KO power, not really exceptional in other areas he showed some defense vs Vit,…

Comment by Tyrone Biggums! on 07-12-2012

Even shot ruiz was better than loony chisora

Comment by HughJass on 07-12-2012

[QUOTE=IIG;12325683]Best of luck to Chisora, my favorite fighter from Britain in a long time. I just hope he has the opportunity to work on the inside. I fear the fight will look like Haye-Ruiz though.[/QUOTE] i dont know abt the…

Comment by IIG on 07-11-2012

Best of luck to Chisora, my favorite fighter from Britain in a long time. I just hope he has the opportunity to work on the inside. I fear the fight will look like Haye-Ruiz though.

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