After splitting from long-time promoter, Frank Warren, former heavyweight world title challenger, Dereck Chisora (22-5, 14ko), is to make his debut under German promotional stalwarts, Sauerland on Dec.5 in Hamburg.
The soon-to-be 32 year-old Chisora, last boxed in September, grinding out a forgettable points win over Brazilian journeyman, Marcelo Luis Nascimento, a fight that brought about the split from Warren and the hook-up with his new handlers, though given he also no longer fights under long-time trainer Don Charles, many are left questioning the level of desire the former EBU champion has left and what threat – if any – he poses to those at the top of the division.
“I’m excited to be working with the Sauerland’s,” Chisora said. “This is a start of a new chapter for me. I’ve got a whole new team around me and I’m looking forward to getting back in the mix starting on Dec. 5. I’m fit, I’m focused and ready to rock ‘n’ roll.”
“We’re thrilled to welcome Dereck to the team,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said.
“The heavyweight scene is thriving at the moment and I believe he still has a big part to play in this. I’ve been impressed with his attitude. The determination and desire is still there and I expect him to be back challenging for titles in the new year.”
Chisora hasn’t looked the same since he was comprehensively beaten by new lineal heavyweight king, Tyson Fury, a year ago in what was their second fight. Prior to that a spirited effort against Vitali Klitschko in Feb. 2012 saw Chisora come out on the losing end of a decision in his sole world title challenge, before he was then knocked out by David Haye in July of the same year.
An opponent for his Sauerland debut will be announced shortly, although one imagines an eventual fight with the winner of the Erkan Teper/Robert Helenius EBU title fight on Dec. 19, is the plan for 2016.