Dereck Chisora returns to action this Saturday in London, streaming live on DAZN, facing Senad Gashi in what figures to be a tune-up for the action-oriented heavyweight veteran.
Chisora (29-9, 21 KO) is the big favorite against Gashi (17-2, 17 KO), a 28-year-old from Kosovo, now living in Spain. But it’s a meaningful fight for Chisora, who is coming off of a knockout loss in December to Dillian Whyte, and is just 4-3 in his last seven.
With his name value in the United Kingdom, knack for fun heavyweight brawls, connections with top names like Eddie Hearn and David Haye, and the reluctance of the top heavyweight names to actually fight each other, Chisora remains, believe it or not, as much in the mix for a big fight as basically anyone, provided he wins on Saturday.
“Big fights are available. I think you’ve got the big four at the top but really and truly, the big four at the top don’t want to fight each other, so what can you say, us at the bottom of the scrap will just take them.”
The “big four,” of course, are WBA/IBF/WBO titleholder Anthony Joshua, WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, and Dillian Whyte. Usually we just call it the “big three,” but adding Whyte is fair enough, I suppose.
Hearn even said that he was told by David Haye that if Chisora beats Gashi, they’re going to call out Joshua on Saturday. It’s unlikely that Chisora would get the call to replace Jarrell Miller on June 1, but they might as well yell about it. Why not?
Underdog Gashi has other plans, as underdogs always do. He believes he can win on Saturday and make his own name:
“I definitely think I can win against Derek Chisora. I have visualised this fight in my head many times. I have fought in my head 10 times against Derek Chisora, nine times I won and one time I got disqualified.”
Asked what got him DQ’d in his imagination, Gashi joked, “I bit too hard when he was on the ground,” a reference to the recent David Price-Kash Ali fight. It’s a good enough joke, especially directed toward UK media, but Gashi was disqualified in his April 2018 fight in Germany with the mighty Tom Schwarz.
Schwarz-Gashi was a dirty fight all around, and depending who’s telling the story, Gashi either totally lost his marbles in the ring, or Schwarz milked fouls, returned the favor plenty, and Gashi retaliated and ultimately got DQ’d, which led to a big brawl in the ring.
If you want to believe Gashi is a wild nutcase, then a fight with the occasionally-unhinged Dereck Chisora has even more spectacle intrigue.
In his last fight, Gashi was stopped in seven by Carlos Takam on the Whyte-Chisora II undercard.