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A tall order for Chisora


WHEN HEAVYWEIGHT Dereck Chisora steps into the ring against Vitali Klitschko on February 18, the challenger for the WBC title will face a distinct height disadvantage.

At the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany, the 6’1” Chisora will come face-to-face with the imposing 6’7” frame of Klitschko, who will start the bout as a firm favourite.

But Chisora’s trainer Don Charles insists that the Ukrainian Klitschko’s size does not matter.

Charles told the Voice of Sport: “Dereck Chisora’s not a stranger to fighting taller guys because he’s not a very tall heavyweight himself. He’s used to fighting these big guys.”

“Tyson Fury for example is 6’9”. He’s two inches taller than Klitschko. Chisora, although he was unfit for that fight, he had no problem getting inside Tyson Fury so if he has no problem getting inside a 6’9” guy then we’re definitely not having a problem getting inside a 6’7” guy.”

PREPARED: Chisora with trainer Charles

Charles continued: “Fury has a tremendous jab by the way, he has a better jab than Klitschko so the height is not an issue for us. The style Dereck does cancels out the height.”

The 40-year-old ‘Dr Ironfist’ Klitschko has a record of 43 wins (40 K.Os) and two losses, the last of which was against Lennox Lewis in 2003. So has the 28-year-old ‘Del Boy’ Chisora been watching Lewis’ sixth round stoppage of Klitschko for inspiration?

“I don’t watch past fights because at the end of the day it’s a totally different fight,” said Chisora.

“I never watch my opponents fight their last opponent because you never know, maybe they were ill that day and this time you were expecting somebody else different and they surprise you. Right now I’m training for one man and that’s Vitali.”

A former British and Commonwealth champion, Chisora has 15 wins (nine K.Os) and two defeats to his name. The north Londoner, who was born in Zimbabwe, lost his belts to Tyson Fury in February 2011 and was considerably out of shape in that contest.

But this time around Chisora has whipped himself into excellent shape and is close to his physical peak.

“My training’s going well, everything’s going great,” explained Chisora.

“The team are pushing me so we’re looking forward to the fight. I’m excited, I can’t wait for the fight. I’m ready to rock and roll, I’m ready to rumble.”

Charles seconded Chisora’s statement, adding:

“Preparation has been going according to plan. We’re injury free, touch wood. That’s the main concern for every sportsman when you’re preparing for a major event that’s the fight of your life.

“He’s in very good shape both physically and mentally. Mentally he’s really happy and that’s a good sign. He’s really relaxed and chilled and when it’s time for work he switches on, he’s in the zone.”

“(He’ll be) explosive, determined, hungry, ambitious – you name it. Anything positive is what you’re going to see on that night.”

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