Despite heavyweight boxer Dereck Chisora being banned indefinitely by the British Boxing Board of Control for his disgraceful behaviour before and after his failed world heavyweight title bid against WBC champ Vitali Klitschko last month the 28 year-old says he still harbours a dream of becoming world champion.
At a special hearing at the Board’s headquarters yesterday Chisora was handed an indefinite ban from taking part in a professional boxing match licensed by the British Boxing Board of Control in the UK.
Speaking to the Sun newspaper Chisora said: "I’m bitterly disappointed my licence to box was taken away by the board. Right now I am an ex-professional unable to earn a living.
"There is no time limit on how long the board plan to keep me from fighting but at the same time, I understand I can re-apply for my licence at any time as well.
"My dream has always been to win the world heavyweight title and of course the punishment dished out is a big setback to me achieving those aims.
"But I will be back in the gym even though I do not know when the board will grant me a new licence to box.
"The Boxing Board’s decision to withdraw my licence has really hurt me. But what it hasn’t done is dampen my love for the sport.
Despite Chisora’s licence being revoked indefinitely his promoter Frank Warren still believes the London based boxer has a future in the sport.
"To be honest, I felt there would be some sort of ban," Warren said.
"You have to take everything into consideration. It is very disappointing, but I suppose the message has to be sent out that some conduct is not acceptable. Everyone has to take some responsibility for what happened in Germany.
"I think he will box again. This is what the guy does for a living. We have to see where we are, but I’m sure in time Dereck Chisora will fight again.
"The fact is, his licence being withdrawn means he is not banned anywhere else from boxing, but that is not the point. The point is he is British and he wants to box in Britain."
Although other boxing commissions around the world would understandably be pressured into upholding the British Board’s decision it is possible for Chisora to fight overseas.
March 15, 2012