A strange row has haunted the week building up to Dereck Chisora’s clash with Dillian Whyte at the O2 on Saturday (December 22).
Chisora has been complaining that Whyte has bewitched him with a curse of some sort, for Dillian it’s all a misunderstanding after saying hello.
“I am sitting there and said something to him and he started shouting in voodoo curses and black magic and stuff like that. I was like, saying the Hail Mary, let the curse go back or whatever. That is a bit weird. Everyone in the studio was looking at each other. He came with black magic talk,” Chisora said cheerfully. “I am so nervous right now I might have to get the whole congregation out from my church, come and bless the O2 arena.”
Whyte dismissed the story as something from Chisora’s imagination. “Dereck says dumb stuff. I just spoke to him in his own native tongue and he doesn’t know it because he doesn’t understand where he’s from. He doesn’t know anything, Dereck is a silly guy,” Whyte said. “I just said hello in his language and he was like ‘Jesus Christ’ and crossed himself. He doesn’t understand.
“Dereck Chisora is way out there.”
Whyte is adamant he will be improved from their first encounter in 2016. “I’ll be very different, much more controlled and mature. I’m physically and mentally stronger. David [Haye] says Dereck looks a different person on the scales but David looked great on the scales and look what happened to him. This is boxing, not bodybuilding. If you looked at [Tyson] Fury and [Deontay] Wilder you’d pick Wilder to beat Fury by physique,” Whyte said. “I thought Wilder got schooled. He’s another fighter with a protected record, he’s fought nobody and hasn’t followed the right channels. He’s been avoiding people and picking people and the minute he fights someone who stands in front go him, he couldn’t hit Fury and he was right there.”
Dillian is refusing to dwell on the thought that victory over Chisora will set him up for a shot at old rival Anthony Joshua, now the unified IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion. “I’ve been told that for my last two, three fights. But let’s see. As long as I’m progressing, they can’t avoid me forever. I’m number one ranked in two governing bodies. After this fight I’ll be going for them so let’s see what happens,” Whyte said.
“We’re always strategizing and planning. I’ve got one of the best teams out there. We always come up with things. It’s crazy. Me and my team speak so much, every day, sometimes 10, 12 calls a day. They’re always strategizing, they’re always on it. So when two doors close, something’s going to open up because they plan, they put things in place, they’re always arranging stuff. It’s only a matter of time. We’re like a massive spider spinning our web. It’s only a matter of time before somebody drops in the middle and pick them off.”
“I won’t be having any needle with [Joshua]. I just go and do my job. He can be the bad guy this time,” he added. “He should have fought Wilder already, to be honest, he should have. I thought even Tyson Fury. But now all of a sudden he doesn’t want to fight Tyson Fury. But listen, he’s doing his thing, he’s progressed, he’s got [three] world titles, I haven’t got one so I can’t really say much.”