Dereck Chisora looking to get back into world title contention

Bryn Lennon

Dereck Chisora knows what it's like to have his name in the boxing headlines, but often not for the best reasons. Now, he's aiming to get back into world title contention, starting on April 20.

British heavyweight Dereck Chisora has managed to become a well-known fighter despite a relatively unimpressive-looking career record of 15-4 (9 KO), but he's done that more by being infamous than famous.

He has slapped Vitali Klitschko at a weigh-in, spit in Wladimir Klitschko's face before a fight, and brawled with David Haye at post-fight press conferences. And that was just one weekend, and that's just focusing on his professional life.

But Chisora, 29, is now looking to get his career back on track, following a loss to Haye last summer, and the BBBofC restoring his license. Chisora will face Hector Alfredo Avila on April 20:

"I'm back in business and I'm on the road back to the world title. I'm looking to destroy Avila first at Wembley Arena and then face one of the other so called rivals next, if it's David Price then great, I know he wouldn't be able to stand up to my power and he'd be a good step in the right direction for me.

"It's exciting to be back in the ring after almost a year out. I've been working hard in the gym with my trainer Don Charles, making changes and improving, and we're both tunnel focused on achieving the goal of winning the world heavyweight title.

"I'm still only 29 and I've had only 19 fights, aside from Haye, I took Tyson Fury the distance despite not being in the best shape, I was robbed against Robert Helenius for the European title in his backyard and then took Klitschko the distance straight after. "The world title is my goal and I will achieve it."

Avila (20-12-1, 13 KO) is the expected tune-up style opponent, as Chisora has kept a really tough schedule, facing Tyson Fury, Helenius, Klitschko, and Haye in his last four notable fights. That sounds good, but he's also 0-4 in those fights, and while the prevailing belief was that Helenius was lucky to leave with a win, it would still be a clear 1-3, as he was dominated by Fury and Haye, and despite a solid showing, mostly dominated by Klitschko, too.

Chisora should win without much trouble on April 20, but it's going to be interesting to see where he goes from there. He's kept a tough schedule, challenged himself, and probably has a few more miles than just the 19 pro fights and 110 pro rounds would lead one to believe.

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