Dereck Chisora says he hopes to be added to the undercard of the rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia in December 7 as he aims to close in on a world title shot of his own after his four-round victory over David Price.
Eddie Hearn has yet to confirm the undercard for the show in Diriyah, near Royadh, although a heavyweight clash between Alexander Povetkin and Michael Hunter is expected to feature, along with a bout featuring unbeaten heavyweight Filip Hrgovic.
Price came in as a late replacement for Joseph Parker, the former WBO heavyweight champion, and the New Zealander was one possible opponent he mentioned, along with Oleksandr Usyk and Jarrell Miller, who failed a string of drugs tests prior to being replace by Ruiz as Joshua’s challenger in June.
“I want to fight in Riyadh, I want to squeeze another fight in this year,” Chisora said. “Either Big Baby Miller, or Joseph Parker or Usyk. I’m going to try to speak to Eddie and then David (Haye, his manager) can try and push it in.”
There is a feeling that the winner of the Ruiz-Joshua rematch might be forced to give up either the IBF or WBO titles due to conflicting mandatory commitments.
“Usyk is the mandatory for the WBO, Dereck has just won the WBO international belt, which will help the ranking,” Haye said. “Dereck fighting Usyk for the vacant belt is an ideal situation. Whether it happens? I don’t know. I don’t know if the winner of AJ and Ruiz will relinquish the belt. We don’t know but there has been speculation that it will happen. If it does, Dereck is in an ideal position.
“Parker is in training, if we can reschedule it for another time, Dereck would love that.”
Chisora made short work of Price, although he said that Price had hurt him at the end of the third round.
“He took a couple of big shots off me and I took one off him, a beautiful uppercut,” Chisora said.
“I spoke to him and said ‘don’t retire, fight Lucas Browne, people will pay to watch that’. Retirement is for pussies.”