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Africa is behind me: Chisora

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LONDON — Dereck Chisora has revealed the strategy he will follow to beat Vitali Klitschko in Munich on February 18.

Chisora, who is training close to his home in north London, expects to weigh about 110 kg and plans to put the 40-year-old champion under incessant pressure.

“I only know one way to fight. I will be walking forward for every second taking the fight to Klitschko,” he says.

“He won’t get to use his height and reach against me with the way I’m going to fight. Eight is my lucky number, and that’s the round when I’m going to stop him.”

“I have never been so relaxed before a fight. We are trying to make training as much fun as possible. I’m mixing hard work with rest and plenty of smiles. I don’t think Klitschko will be smiling come fight night.

The British fighter, who was born in Zimbabwe, claims that “Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko have killed the sport I love. People are tired of them because they are boring. It’s time for a new king.

“I feel as though I have half of Europe behind me. America is on my side. Africa is behind me. They may not have heard of me in China, but they will after I whip Vitali.

“People who are not talking about boxing will start talking about boxing after February 18 because this will be an entertaining fight.

“Vitali and his brother are good fighters, but they have never fought anybody like me,” Chisora said without indulging in the same level of trash-talking as fellow Briton David Haye.

Chisora, who moved to London when he was 16, is no admirer of Haye, but agrees with him that fans outside Ukraine and Germany, where the Klitschkos are based, are crying out for a new champion.

Wladimir’s reign started in 2006 and Vitali resumed his role as WBC champion in 2008, four years after retiring.

Vitali Klitschko has said he will have two more fights, against Chisora and then possibly Haye in June or July, before considering retirement.

Chisora, who has lost two of his 17 fights, believes by announcing his intention to fight Haye, Vitali is overlooking him.

“If he is writing me off by talking about fighting David Haye in the summer, that means he will not be training as hard.

The 28-year-old has lost two of his last three fights. He was controversially beaten by Robert Helenius in a bout for the European belt in Finland in December but it was a vastly improved display after his loss by unanimous decision to Tyson Fury for the British title last July.

Chisora blames a lack of focus for entering the ring overweight for the fight against Fury.

He had trained twice for title fights against Wladimir Klitschko but the bouts were cancelled after the Ukrainian was injured.

Rather than rescheduling a defence for a second time, Wladimir opted to face Haye in July. He won on points to add the Briton’s WBA belt to his IBF and WBO titles.

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