Dereck Chisora, the former British heavyweight champ who will face Finland's Robert Helenius on Saturday in Helsinki for the vacant European title, has been complaining about his hotel and flight accommodations, and now his promoter Frank Warren is fed up:
"Let me tell you Dereck, you're lucky to get this shot. Don't start whingeing. When you are an opponent, which is what you are, you get treated like this when you fight away from home. Go out there and deal with it on the night. There are thousands of kids who are desperate to get a job and can't. ... Either be a somebody or, as far as boxing goes, just be an opponent."
Well then. That about says it all, doesn't it?
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Chisora (15-1, 9 KO) is getting the shot against Helenius (16-0, 11 KO) off of a win on November 11 against Lithuania's Remigijus Ziausys (19-44-3, 9 KO). He had to have that win to get the title shot, as the EBU has a rule (not always followed) against allowing fighters whose last fight was a loss to contest a European title, though the rule may be only for vacant belts, which would explain why James DeGale received a title shot in October following a loss to George Groves.
Before that, Chisora had lost convincingly in London to Tyson Fury, dropping his British and Commonwealth titles. Chisora was clearly out of shape for that fight, weighing in at 261 pounds. He had weighed in the mid-240s for his previous five fights. In his November 11 tune-up, he was back down to 241 on the scales.
Helenius is currently on a hot streak with big knockouts of former world titleholders Samuel Peter and Sergei Liakhovich this year, and is making a name for himself as a heavyweight who brings action and finishes fights.