While he is getting ready for another huge fight in the ring, Dereck Chisora is preparing for one in the cage. At this point, it is only a matter of time.
Chisora (32-9) previously discussed competing in MMA while he waits for a bout against former cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk. The two were originally set to compete on May 23, but the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus. He has even gone on to say that Bellator has reached out to him for a potential fight.
“I’ve been [MMA] training for two and half years at London Shootfighters in Wembley with Alex Demetriades,” Chisora would end up saying. “I can do the MMA while I wait for the Usyk fight. It will be doing both at the same time.”
Making his professional debut in 2007, Chisora quickly faced steep competition, including Danny Williams and Tyson Fury. He beat Williams for the British Heavyweight Title and Sam Sexton for the Commonwealth Heavyweight Title. The 36-year-old would face a murders’ row of fighters, competing for world titles and losing to Robert Helenius, Vitali Klitschko, and David Haye. He would rebound by winning the European Heavyweight Title, completing the trifecta.
Chisora will now focus on fighting Usyk first before competing in Bellator. According to The Sun, the bout is expected to be in October.
“With Bellator and my fight with Usyk, a hundred percent it’s happening, it’s gonna happen,” Chisora stated to The Sun. “I’m definitely going into Bellator, this year. I don’t even know who’s in Bellator, I can’t really say much. I’m not going to let it fizz-out, I’m on it a hundred percent.”
Since losing to Fury for the second time in 2014, Chisora has gone 12-4, with those losses coming against the likes of Kubrat Pulev and Dillian Whyte, twice. “Del Boy” is on a three-fight win streak, beating David Price back in October for the WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title.
Bellator is expected to return to action on July 24 in Uncasville, CT.