Dereck Chisora is a controversial character in the boxing community.
Dereck Chisora has warned Wladimir Klitschko that he has unfinished business with him and declared he wants another shot at a world heavyweight title in 2014:
Chisora begins the year Feb. 15 with a clash against Andriy Rudenko in London, and he has labelled the unbeaten Ukrainian a "Klitschko clone" as he attempts to close in on the crowning glory of a career that has seen him go 19-4 with 13 KOs, per Boxrec.
In a statement released by BoxNation and reported by ESPN, Chisora outlined his ambitious plans for the New Year:
I couldn't get to the Klitschko brothers, they didn't want to know about me. Vitali retired and vacated the title, but good luck to him and his political ambitions.
I gave him a hard twelve rounds when we met and next time round he wouldn't have come away with the title. Wladimir looks like he'll be around for a little while longer and I've got unfinished business to settle with him so I want to get to him and finish him off.
Chisora will be aiming to continue his impressive run of four wins out of four in 2013 when he returns to the ring against the unbeaten Rudenko.
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During that spell of victories, he claimed the WBO International Heavyweight title, the European Heavyweight title and the WBA International Heavyweight title.
Rudenko, who is promoted by the Klitschkos, will not be an easy opponent, something Chisora acknowledged when he added:
So for now I'm facing the Klitschko clone in Rudenko. This man can punch, he's gone the last five years knocking everybody out apart from one, but he's not carrying on with that run against me.
@dellboychisora " Rudenko is a great start to the year for me,he’s a strong,powerful challenger who'll be coming over here to knock me out!"— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) January 2, 2014
There is little doubt that Chisora sees the bout as preparation for the main event of his year, which is the chance to fight Vitali's younger brother Wladimir and have another go at reaching the top of the heavyweight division.
However, Scott Gilfoid of BoxingNews24 believes fighting Rudenko is a mismatch for Chisora and won't represent a test for the Brit:
This looks like another mismatch for Chisora in putting him in with an undersized guy with an inflated resume of empty wins. We’re talking about a fighter who isn’t ranked in the top 15 by any of the sanctioning bodies.
As talented a boxer as Chisora is, in the past, he has become caught up in needless drama outside of the ring which has detracted from his ability as a boxer and won him few fans:
It is part of the process of selling tickets for many boxers nowadays, but with the opportunity to build a lasting legacy inside the ring, following the success he enjoyed in 2013, Chisora must now focus on fighting.
There are few genuine contenders to Klitschko, and given their history, Chisora must knuckle down and make sure he is remembered for his fights against the Ukrainian brothers, rather than splashing water on one and slapping another.