World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has praised Derek Chisora for agreeing to face him where fellow Londoner and WBA champion David Haye failed.
Speaking at the London press conference today the Ukrainian IBF/WBO and IBO champ said: "Dereck has impressed me with his latest win, a spectacular knockout of Sam Sexton. I think boxing fans around the world would love to see Dereck fight me.
"I respect Dereck that he took the chance without considering it too long. He heard about it and took it.
"I know another man (Haye) that is fighting next month with his London buddy Audley Harrison.Haye was talking a lot but never coming into the ring.
Klitschko added: "Dereck is young and has only had 14 fights, but that doesn’t say a lot. The fact he’s confident says a lot, his will says a lot. I see myself in Dereck in some ways. He deserves his chance.
"He is confident and determined and I’m looking forward to the challenge."
The world No.1 heavyweight may well have praised 26 year old Chisora for taking up the challenge after just 14 fights as a pro but he has still vowed to make him pay for disrespecting his boxing skills.
Chisora wound up Klitschko by saying he was gonna ‘take him out of his comfort zone’.
Kllitschko, who is unbeaten is six years and has been one of the world’s top heavyweights for 10 years said; "You(Chisora) say I have no boxing skills, you say it’s going to be rough and tough. Maybe you consider me a bum in boxing. Well, good luck. I will make you eat your words. I love to do paintwork on your face."
Meanwhile Chisora is due in court next month for sentencing on theft and assault charges, which could possibly jeopardise his December 11 clash with Klitschko in Germany. Chisora is due to appear before magistrates in the City of Westminster on November 10.
Last Friday Chisora pleaded guilty to the offences which took place on May 28. The assault alone could see him jailed for six months, a fine or both.
October 22, 2010