Chisora reveals plan to become heavyweight champion of the world after stopping Scott
PUBLISHED: 11:01 22 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:01 22 July 2013
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Dereck Chisora has revealed a two-year plan to become heavyweight champion of the world after stopping Malik Scott, while his promoter Frank is Warren desperate to pit his man against US knock-out artist Deontay Wilder.
Hampstead resident Chisora’s title dreams were in tatters a year ago in the wake of his unsuccessful challenge to Vitali Klitschko, and a series of unsavoury antics including a post-fight brawl with David Haye saw him black marked as the bad boy of British boxing.
However, he got his career back on track on Saturday with a bizarre sixth-round stoppage of the unbeaten American Scott, which had him dreaming of a rematch with Klitschko, the WBC world champion.
For now, Chisora must continue to rebuild his reputation inside the ring, while outside of it the first step was a series of anger management classes, coupled with a reality check from his mother - as he revealed before Saturday’s win-or-bust clash.
A training regime change also saw the Londoner enter the Wembley ring at his lightest for two years, and he insists he has shaken off his bad boy tag.
“It just want to keep going and keep training,” he said after stopping Scott. “I said I’d give myself two years to get to the top and that’s what I’m doing now. I’m dedicating my life to boxing.”
The 29-year-old’s next fight will be on September 21 at Olympic venue the Copper Box, and Warren wants Wilder to cross the pond to finally face his man.
The two were supposed to meet at Wembley until a domestic assault charge slapped on Wilder, the Olympic bronze medallist, put the mockers on the scrap and saw Scott step in to the breach.
Warren said: “We like Deontay Wilder, if he’s got the balls to step up to it. There are no excuses now.
“He can’t talk about not being allowed out of the States. He won’t want to come out of the States, I promise you.
“They swallowed that and used all the excuses in the world to get out of that fight, so now let’s get it on.
“It’s a good fight now. He [Chisora] has just beaten an American, so let’s see if he’s [Wilder] got the balls to do it.”
Unbeaten Alabama puncher Wilder might be thinking twice about signing up for the clash after his compatriot was felled by a decisive Chisora right hook.
Scott and his corner insisted some skulduggery had taken place but if, after the killer blow, the 32-year-old had spent less time insisting he was fine while slumped on his knees and instead taken more time getting to his feet he would have beaten the count.
Chisora had won fair and square despite their Americans’ vociferous protests and, although the Brit admitted it was a career-changing fight which had made him more nervous than any other after four damaging defeats in his previous six bouts, Warren believes the big prize is now back on the agenda.
He said: “It’s onwards and upwards on September 21 - back in the game and we are looking to get him in the position to fight for the world title.”