Dereck Chisora eyes summer showdown with David Price after Wembley triumph
PUBLISHED: 13:35 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:36 23 April 2013
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Dereck Chisora has his sights firmly set on a summer showdown with fellow domestic heavyweight rival David Price.
The former British champion, who lives in Hampstead Garden Suburb, made a victorious return to the ring on Saturday at Wembley Arena with a lacklustre ninth-round stoppage over Argentina’s Hector Alfredo Avila.
It was Chisora’s first outing since losing his controversial grudge match to David Haye back in July, and the frustrated 29-year-old – who recently regained his BBBoC licence – could not properly find his way through an opponent who spent the majority of the contest covering up and holding.
“The guy came to spoil and that made it difficult for me,” said Chisora. “It’s done and now we move on to bigger and better things.”
‘Del Boy’, who claimed his 16th win in 20 outings since turning to the paid ranks in 2007, will have to wait before he finally gets his chance at towering 6ft 8in Price as the Liverpudlian has a much-anticipated rematch with American Tony Thompson on July 6 at his hometown.
“I expect him [Price] to win the rematch and me facing him would be a great fight for the summer,” continued Chisora, who made an unsuccessful attempt to take the world WBC title from Ukraine’s Vitali Klitschko in February 2012.
However, Chisora’s promoter Frank Warren feels the former Finchley amateur needs another warm-up contest before he meets the likes of Price and other big name contenders.
“Dereck needs another fight, then he’ll be ready to fight anybody,” said the 61-year-old.
“He’s only had 20 fights and when you look at that, and with the quality of opposition he has fought over the years, then he has had tougher fights than Tyson Fury.”