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 Last update:  4/1/2012       Read more by Alexey Sukachev         
   
Moscow Bits: Chisora Speaks, Jones, Hryunov and More
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By Alexey Sukachev

He is scandalous, he is flamboyant, and he is cocky. But he is also ready to impress Russian fight fans with something positive, which was a rare gesture from him in the recent memory. Dereck Chisora, without a license but with his handler Frank Warren, enjoys his status as one of the sportís most controversial stars here in Moscow.

Chisora has spoken a bit about his present feelings and about his present status with Nikita Lukyanov from ďSport-ExpressĒ, one of the stateís most known sportive dailies.

- What do you want me to do?! Do you want me to run naked around the city? Iím here because Iíve been invited here by my friend Vlad [Hryunov]. I want to watch Lebedev-Cox fight live. Iíll root for whoever wins this one. And Lebedev will win it. I suppose he will knock his opponent really quick.

- What do you know about Lebedev?

- I saw one of his fights several years ago. However, truth be told, I havenít seen him in the ring recently. But I know he is a good, strong fighter, and I know that we are teammates.

- What will you see here, in Russia? Are you here to do some sightseeing?

- To the truth, I intended to visit Siberia firstly but then I changed my plans. I want to see a huge, big dog. I donít remember its name but maybe itís a Siberian shepherd. But my primary goal is to see some fighting here.

- Your promoter Frank Warren has filed an official protest to prevent your disqualification. When shall we see you in the ring again?

- I donít know, and I have nothing to say about it. I want to compete but for now Iím forced to see the other guy fighting and to train hard in the gym.

- Many think that after all the fuss and scandals with you during Vitali fight youíve received a number of commercial proposals. Is it true?

-†No, there arenít many. You know, I donít like paperwork. Iím an athlete and I want to fight.

- What do you think of Russian fighters?

- Iím ensured that it doesnít mean anything if you are Russian, British or American fighter. What only means is how you have been training for eight weeks before your fight. I donít see any differences here in Russian boxers.

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Meanwhile, Chisora hasnít anything against obtaining the Russian boxing license.
ďThatís fine for meĒ, he said during his press briefing. ďIf they [Professional Boxing Federation of Russia] grant me with a license, Iíll be glad to compete with itĒ. According to the rules of the PBFR, itís not forbidden to grant a license to a foreigner.

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Both Roy Jones and Dereck Chisora not only entertained local fans and casuals but they have also helped young boxers from the satellite city of Balashikha.

Jones Jr., Chisora and Vladimir Hryunov, a promoter of the event, took their parts in a grand opening of Victor Ageevís amateur boxing tournament. Ageev is the president of the PBFR, and he is†also known as one of the superstars of†soviet boxing, having won two European and four domestic middleweight titles during the sixties.

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ďThatís one of the happiest days in my lifeĒ, said Vladimir Hryunov in his video interview to Allboxing.ru after the presser in Las Vegas Resort and Trade Center. ďRoy Jones, Kostya Tszyu and Dereck Chisora are real stars of boxing, and youíll see them live at Crocus City Hall on April 4. There are almost no tickets remained, and I expect a sell-out crowd at the arena. But what delights me most is that our children, our young stars of boxing will see their idols with their own eyes. That is what makes me think about the future of boxing and†how bright it will†be in this countryĒ.

Tags: Dereck Chisora , Roy Jones Jr



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comment by Weebler I, on 04-02-2012
Do the Russians support the Ukrainian Klitschkos?

comment by Fix, on 04-02-2012
Holy sh*t.. that dude in the last paragraph, the guy holding the event put Dereck Chisora in the same league as Roy Jones and Kostya Tszyu! He said "these are the real stars of boxing and our kids get to see their idols!" or sumthin like that.. lol.. i guess thats what happens when you beat the s...

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