Confident Chisora ready to 'rough up' Klitschko

Dereck Chisora has thrown down the gauntlet ahead of his world title fight with Wladimir Klitschko, with the Briton promising to "rough up" the Ukrainian and "take him out of his comfort zone."

21 October 2010, 12:00am
Chisora, 26, will attempt to rip the IBF, IBO and WBO titles from Klitschko when the pair meet in the ring on December 11 in Germany.

The Brit's task is an ominous one - Klitschko has a wealth of experience behind him, while Chisora is a 14-fight novice. But the British and Commonwealth champion is in confident mood ahead of the contest and believes he is ready to bring the world heavyweight titles back to London.

"I'm more hungry than any other fighter he's fought. I train hard, I've got the best team around me and I want it more than he wants it," he said.

"It's not going to be a boxing match, it's going to be a fight. I'm going to take him out of his comfort zone and rough him up. I'm going to do everything in my power to win those titles he's got. I've always dreamed of having those titles and right now they're only six weeks away from coming back to London with me."

Klitschko, however, refused to rise to the bait in their pre-fight press conference, preferring instead to praise his challenger.

"He's an undefeated fighter and he's British and Commonwealth champion. He impressed us with his latest win in September - a spectacular knockout. I think that boxing fans around the world would love to see Dereck Chisora fighting me," he said.

Klitschko, whose last loss came six years ago, could not resist taking aim at David Haye, after a prospective fight with the WBA champion fell through due to a breakdown in negotiations.

"I also have to give him [Chisora] a lot of respect that he took the chance, without considering it too long, thinking about it too long. He heard about it, he got it and he signed the contract, which is amazing," he said.

"The other man [Haye] who is going to fight next month in the London championship with his London buddy. He was talking a lot, but never facing me in the ring so I have to give a lot of respect to Dereck Chisora for taking this fight.

"Considering that he is younger, he's 26-years-old, had 14 fights - it doesn't say a lot. His confidence says a lot, his will says a lot. I'll give you an example from history. Leon Spinks had just eight fights and he beat Muhammad Ali. The number of fights doesn't mean a lot, the confidence of the man means a lot."

Source: espn.co.uk