How old is Derek Chisora?
Derek Chisora was born in Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe, on December 29, 1983 so, at the time of writing, he is 39 years old and just a month or so shy of his thirty-ninth birthday. A resident of Finchley, North London since the late nineties, it would be fair to say that, as a legitimate heavyweight contender, his star is on the wane. Chisora has challenged for the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title once, losing by unanimous decision to Vitali Klitschko at the Olympiahalle, Munich in December, 2012, and again to Tyson Fury in December 2022.
Nevertheless, Chisora is still well ranked in the world by the official record keeper, BoxRec, and has a record of 33-12-0, including 23 knockouts. Most recently, he beat Gerald Washington, at the O2 Arena, Greenwich on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua fight vs Robert Helenius fight, a fight AJ won by knockout.
Chisora was in the news in 2022 as the chosen opponent of undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Fury, who wass defending a 32-0-1 record, including 23 knockouts, initially mooted retirement after beating Dillian Whyte, courtesy of a sixth-round technical knockout, at Wembley Stadium in April, 2022. Subsequent fights against Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua failed to materialise, so Fury set his sights on a trilogy fight with Chisora.
The pair first met at Wembley Arena in July, 2011, with Fury winning by unanimous decision to take the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles. They met again, at the ExCel Arena, Dockland in November, 2014, with Chisora retired by his corner at the end of the tenth round. Ahead of their third meeting, which was scheduled for December 3, 2022 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Fury insisted, ‘I see Chisora every bit as dangerous as Usyk.’ The bookmakers disagreed, making Chisora a 12/1 underdog, in places. After the fight it was easy to see why.