The warning from the British Boxing Board of Control must have come through loud and clear, because heavyweight rivals Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora were able to make it through yesterday’s final press conference without a single incident. Both fighters did engage in some banter, but they were able to keep things rather calm and cool before they’ll wage war tomorrow evening on Showtime.
When Chisora (29-8, 21 KOs) was asked about him appearing like he’s in the best place he’s ever been, both physically and mentally, Chisora reponded:
“Oh yeah. You know, I’m in a greater place right now. If you remember, I think last time last year in November, after we left the Monte Carlo casino some of you guys probably say that ‘he’s done now, there’s no way coming back from this.’...God is great, [I’m] born again. [I] gave my life to the lord, forgave those who sinned on me and all like who done wrong on me and stuff like that. So by doing that I became a better person...
“It’s gone well, training wise, lifestyle wise. Now I’m just ready to go to war, have a great fight.”
Then, when Dillian Whyte was asked what will be different in this fight from their first meeting, Whyte said:
“Listen, there’s levels to this thing and I keep leveling up with every fight, every camp, I keep improving. Listen, Dereck will see how strong I am come Saturday. He’ll see how strong I am...
“This is boxing, I’m used to people saying they’re coming to do this, and coming to do that...I’ve been around long enough and I’ve seen things...I don’t think even Dereck himself knows what he’s doing or where he’s going. So let’s see what he comes in on the night and what happens at the end of the night.”
Check out the full final press conference above, which also includes a pretty funny exchange where Chisora accuses Whyte of trying to cast a voodoo spell on him.