Eddie Hearn wants to deliver another tentpole fight for his aging heavyweight veteran Derek Chisora.
Chisora is coming off a close split decision win over Kubrat Pulev in their 12-round heavyweight main event bout Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London. The 38-year-old Zimbabwe-born British national has been heeding calls for retirement in the past few years but his latest win has seemingly put some wind in his sails.
Although Chisora has been adamant that he will retire on his own terms, he admitted after the Pulev fight that he has only a few more fights left. Chisora, however, has no apparent wish to coast, as he called out Deontay Wilder, the hard-punching heavyweight and former titlist from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to a showdown.
Eddie Hearn, Chisora’s longtime promoter, also indicated that a Wilder-Chisora match-up would be intriguing. Hearn previously drew criticism for suggesting the fight, given the damage Chisora has incurred over his career, but he believes Wilder is also vulnerable given his two brutal back-to-back knockout losses to WBC champion Tyson Fury.
“It’s a tough fight,” Hearn said of Wilder-Chisora. “Like, I think, I don’t know what Wilder’s got left after the Tyson Fury defeats but he’s a very, very sharp, fast puncher. You know, it’s a dangerous fight. It’s a very dangerous fight for Derek Chisora.”
Hearn also expressed interest in making a third fight between Chisora and his countryman Dillian Whyte. Chisora lost a split decision to Whyte in 2016; in the rematch, in 2018, Chisora lost by knockout. Whyte himself is coming off a sixth-round stoppage loss to Fury in April at Wembley Stadium in London.
“I still like Dillian Whyte III,” Hearn said. “You know, those two are always going to have great scraps, so we’ll see what happens.”
Hearn was thrilled with Chisora’s win over Pulev, a fight that was considered a potential career-ender for Chisora as a headliner should he have lost. Chisora was on a three-fight losing streak until Saturday.
“I’m absolutely over the moon for Derek Chisora,” Hearn said. “I don’t believe there’s anyone who deserves it more, to be honest with you. Very tough fight, grueling fight, scrappy at times, war of attrition. And just don’t have a war of attrition with Derek Chisora. Could’ve gone either way but I’m delighted he finally got one.
“I thought (Chisora) won by one or two rounds. I thought he won the last round and that was a big round to win at that stage of the fight. But [it] also could’ve gone either way.”