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Derek Chisora Has ‘Front Runner’ Opponent For DAZN Headliner in London

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Zimbabwe-Born, British Heavyweight Derek Chisora (32-12) has been considering his promotional and network options after a long tenure with Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn on Sky Sports and most recently on DAZN.

Chisora, 38-years old, has been urged by some fans to retire from the sport after three consecutive defeats and a long career full of body-draining battles. However, Chisora sees no need to retire due to his passion for boxing and the physical condition he has maintained, which he believes proves he’s still got enough left in the tank to continue to perform.

Chisora was contemplating working with Boxxer’s Ben Shalom to continue his career on Sky but after his disinterest in fighting Hughie Fury and a lack of other favourable options being put to him, it appears that he will remain with Matchroom/DAZN.

Who Is Derek Chisora Going To Face Next?

Promoter Eddie Hearn made an offer to Andy Ruiz to face Derek Chisora but he received the impression that Ruiz would face Luis Ortiz next. Other names previously in the mix for Chisora were Chris Arreola and that still remains an option but it doesn’t look like anything has come to fruition from that yet.

Brooklyn-Based Polish Heavyweight Adam Kownacki (20-2) has now revealed to Polish Media that his team has been approached by Eddie Hearn for a possible summer Chisora clash in the UK. It is unknown what is Kownacki’s contractual situation after back to back defeats under the PBC banner to Robert Helenius have seriously derailed his career.

A Derek Chisora – Adam Kownacki fight would see the Pole make his debut in the European and British markets and for the first time in his career see him fight during Primetime in his country. This could also make great economic sense due to both Chisora and Kownacki’s commercial values and the recent success of Poland’s Michal Cieslak in bringing a fan base to the O2 Arena.

Should Kownacki be able to replicate or one better Cieslak’s London drawing power, then this fight could sell upwards of 10k tickets in London. Furthermore, Eddie Hearn recently revealed in a podcast that Okolie-Cieslak was a huge viewing success in DAZN Poland and therefore DAZN may be interested in building on this success with another big Polish star against a British draw in Chisora.

By Darshan Desai

Also Read: Derek Chisora To Face Poland’s Adam Kownacki On July 9 In London

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