He is being referred to as a British boxer, but the truth of the matter is that Commonwealth and British heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora is our own.
Chisora is one of the several Zimbabwean sportsmen who have been lost to the country because of the economic downturn that gripped the country for the past decade and it’s a shame that he will be donning the British flag when he takes aim at the World title against IBF and WBO title holder Wladimir Klitschko in Mannheim, Germany on December 11 .
The Zimbabwe born fighter is certainly reincarnating the days of great pugilist Proud “Kilimanjaro” Chinembiri. With the titles he has bagged already, Chisora is set to surpass Kilimanjaro’s feat but unfortunately he is lost to us.
But who would begrudge any Zimbabwean who will be firmly rooting for Chisora against Klitschko?
Chisora Monday insisted through The Sun newspaper that he can beat world heavyweight champion Klitschko with a little help from some boxing greats.
Del Boy, as he is popularly known in the United Kingdom, has been given the chance against Klitschko, despite having just 14 professional fights, no amateur pedigree to shout about and no European experience.
But Chisora, who came face to face with Klitschko for the first time in Hamburg said: “With me, it’s take a bit of Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, bit of Frank Bruno and Lennox Lewis, mix it all up, man, and then you get me . . . Dereck Chisora.
“With Tyson, I take his head movement, with Holmes it’s his jab, with Lennox it’s his one-two – oh God that was a dangerous combination.
“From Ali, I have foot movement, from Bruno, the physique.”
Chisora, 26, makes sure he can practice his movement by sticking on the music as soon as he gets into a gym.
He said: “Most boxers put on their training gear first when they arrive at the gym. Me? I switch on the music, so I can sway to the rhythm.”
Zimbabwe-born Chisora has landed the British and Commonwealth crowns with raw, aggressive power.
But many insist it won’t be enough to disturb Klitschko, who is still chasing a date with WBA champion David Haye.
Chisora is positive, though. He insisted: “I’ve worked hard to get where I am so quickly.
“I like to fight the best because I’m in the fighting game. I’m looking to entertain; I don’t want to be fighting bums.
“If you’re not fighting the best, you’re short-changing yourself. If I’m gonna get beat and, so far I haven’t, I want to get beaten by the best.”