Former world heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora announced last month that he would be returning to the ring in February. The Finchley native has been unusually quiet as of late since his TKO loss to David Haye in July, but has now spoken to WBN to reveal his plans.
In 2012, Chisora was involved in a number of controversial incidents surrounding his title challenge against Vitali Klitschko on February 18. An indefinite ban and fine was issued by the World Boxing Council and the BBBofC also withdrew the 28 year old's Londoner’s license to fight.
Despite his issues with the WBC and BBBoC, Chisora went on to fight Haye under the sanctioning of both the WBA and WBO, in a bout at Upton Park licensed by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.
'Del Boy' is already setting his sights on another world title challenge in 2013 after he regains his license in the near future.
“I’m not banned," Chisora told World Boxing News."People don’t like me, but I don’t mind because they still buy tickets to come watch me fight.
“In the United States, they like that kind of charisma. They like that “John Wayne” bounty hunter thing going on. In Europe, they find that kind of disgusting and I paid the price for that by them taking my license.
“I’ll have my license back by the end of December or the first week of January.”
Many fans and critics speculated that the former British champion would retire after his loss to Haye, although Chisora assured WBN that he will return to the squared circle in February.
“It did affect me for the first four weeks (loss to Haye). I realized it wasn't my time and I drew the short stick. Fair dues to David Haye, he caught me with a great punch. That day boxing won, David Haye won and even I won because the whole world was watching that fight.
“Right now I’m just kicking back. I start training camp in January and I got a fight in February, then Spring time we’re going for another big title.
“Right now we’re looking at this fighter Manuel Charr, the guy who lost to Vitali.
“That is the best fight for me. He looked like a great fighter against Vitali. He was giving Klitschko a good fight and I think me and him would be a great fight."
Chisora then added: “All I have to say to my fans and haters is Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and everybody in the world if you have a dream to do anything, keep going for that dream to achieve it like myself."