By Kenny Leavett – Heavyweight Dereck Chisora has made claims that the “Body Snatcher” Dillian Whyte stopped him from entering the ring to issue a challenge towards him last time out and wants to finally settle their rivalry in a rematch later this year.
‘Del Boy’ went onto produce an explosive knockout of Frenchman Carlos Takam at The O2 back in July, but security then prevented the 34-year-old from jumping into the ring after Dillian Whyte successfully dispatched of Joseph Parker in a points victory which headlined as the main event.
Tensions have been high between the domestic rivals in the past, with Chisora throwing a table at Whyte in their pre-fight press conference, although the Finchley man says he simply wanted to demand a second heavyweight fight following his much talked about split decision loss in 2016.
Chisora has been quoted as saying “We’re just waiting for Eddie to let us know what we’re going to do,”
“I want that rematch with Dillian. He didn’t want me in the ring. He told them: ‘Don’t let Dereck Chisora in the ring.'”
“Let’s have the rematch, what’s the problem?
“I just want to fight Dillian Whyte. He never beat me the first time, so I want to show the people.
“It’s not even revenge. It’s a great fight, people want it, and I want to give it to the fans.”
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn hopes the highly anticipated rematch will be staged in London before Christmas.
Hearn speaking on events has been quoted as saying “I think Chisora is the fight that could well happen in December of this year,”
“We’re in talks with both of those guys, they both want that fight. The first fight was one of the best heavyweight fights I’ve ever seen, the rematch would be epic.”
Whyte dropped Parker to the canvas for the first time in his career, only to also hit the floor himself which came in a dramatic last round , and Chisora gave a blunt assessment of his performance.
“Terrible.” said Chisora.
The Finchley fighter is back in line for big-name fights after he saw off a ferocious barrage of punches from Takam before knocking down the 37-year-old twice to gain a dramatic stoppage win in the eighth round.
“Loads of people wrote me off,” said Chisora. “It felt great. I knew the knockout was going to come, but I didn’t know what round.
“At the beginning of the fight, he came so tough, he was very strong. I had to change the game-plan straight away.”