Derek Chisora is a Zimbabwean-born British professional boxer. As an amateur, he won the ABA super-heavyweight championship in 2006. He turned professional on 17 February 2007, scoring a second round technical knockout against István Kecskés. At regional level, he has held multiple heavyweight titles, including the British and Commonwealth titles from 2010 to 2011, and the European title from 2013 to 2014.
About Derek Chisora in brief
Derek Chisora is a Zimbabwean-born British professional boxer. As an amateur, he won the ABA super-heavyweight championship in 2006. He has challenged once for the WBC heavyweight title against Vitali Klitschko in 2012. At regional level, he has held multiple heavyweight titles, including the British and Commonwealth titles from 2010 to 2011, and the European title from 2013 to 2014. As of July 2020, he is ranked as the world’s ninth best active heavyweight by BoxRec. He was born in Mbare, a suburb of the Zimbabwean capital Harare. He moved to the United Kingdom when he was 16 and lived in Finchley, London. He turned professional on 17 February 2007, scoring a second round technical knockout against István Kecskés. He defeated a challenge from Sam Sexton by knockout in the ninth round on 18 September 2010, adding the Commonwealth heavyweight title to his British title. On 3 December 2013, he faced undefeated Robert Helenius in Helsinki, Finland for the vacant European heavyweight title. The decision was highly debated as most pundits and onlookers thought it was a neutral decision. Chisoras complained afterwards demanding a rematch, but it was refused by the Finnish authorities. On 23 July 2011, he defended hisBritish and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against the upcoming prospect Tyson Fury. The fight was also televised live in the United States on PPV. It peaked at around 3 million viewers on Channel 5 in Halifax, England. On 11 November in a six-round decision at the North Bridge Leisure Centre in North Yorkshire, he defeated Remigijus Ziausys on six points in a 60-54 decision.
He then went on to beat Shawn Mclean, an American, and then stopped the experienced Lee Swaby in three rounds at the York Hall. He finished the year with a December victory over Neil Simpson at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London’s Docklands leaving him with an 8–0 record at the end of his second year as a professional. He won a gold medal at the Four Nations Championships. He is married to fellow boxer and former Olympian, Nicola Adams. He also has a daughter, Toni, and a son, Callum, who is a professional boxer and a former Olympic gold medalist. He currently lives in London with his wife and two children. He lives with his mother and two step-children in the north London suburb of Bethnal Green. He previously lived in the south London area with his father and step-daughter. He now lives in the North London area and has a wife and three children. In 2009, he was suspended for four months for biting Paul Butlin during the fifth round of their 22 May 2009 contest. The incident was missed by the referee but TV replays proved conclusive and as a result he missed out on his fight for a British title against Danny Williams. On 20 January 2010, it was announced that he would get a second chance to face Danny Williams on 13 February 2010. Williams pulled out of the bout, and Ch isora instead fought Carl Baker in an eliminator with the winner to face Williams. The match was later rescheduled for 30 April 2011, but this was later cancelled.