British heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora has earmarked 2014 as his breakthrough year when he will finally dethrone the Klitschko brothers and become world champion.
The 29-year-old, fighting out of Finchley, London, was speaking ahead of his WBO International title clash with Czech bruiser Ondrej Pala this weekend at the Copper Box Arena, a fight that also has the vacant WBA International title up for grabs.‘Del Boy’ believes next year holds big things for him and that the experience which he has picked up over his last few fights will stand him in good stead, as he looks to take out other big name challengers vying for a shot at world title glory. “I believe that 2014 will be a very special year for me,” said Chisora to BoxNation. “I’m open to fighting anyone whether that is a re-match with Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder or whoever. If that’s the road I have to go through to get another crack at the world title I’m ready for it. I’ve learned a hell of a lot over the past two years and the experience I’ve picked up is going to be crucial to me going forward,” he said. Chisora had his first shot at a world title when he came up against the older Klitschko brother, Vitali, in only his 18th bout back in 2012, losing over twelve rounds despite putting up a battling performance that earned many plaudits. With the boxing landscape now changing and the formidable Klitschko brother dominance appearing to be coming to an end, Chisora believes he is ready to take on either of the Ukrainian powerhouses in another stab at world glory. “I know I’m ready for another world title challenge and I don’t care which Klitschko brother I have to face to get those belts,” Chisora said. “I feel there’s going to be a changing of the guards next year in the heavyweight division and I want to be right at the front of the queue. You’re going to see the best Dereck Chisora over the coming year, starting with Saturday night against Ondrej Pala. I’m coming off great wins against Edmund Gerber and Malik Scott – who many tipped to be the next best thing in the division,” he added.
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