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Chisora said he’d end Skelton’s career when the fight – for the English heavyweight title – was announced before Christmas.

Former English, British, Commonwealth and European champion Skelton, who is now trained by Peterborough’s Gary Barron following the retirement of Kev Sanders, has hit back at loud-mouthed Chisora, and says far from being a Del Boy, he’s actually a bit of a plonker.

"All I hear from Chisora is that he’s the future of the domestic heavyweight division," said Skelton.

now trained by Peterborough’s Gary Barron following the retirement of Kev Sanders, has hit back at loud-mouthed Chisora, and says far from being a Del Boy, he’s actually a bit of a plonker.

"Let’s be honest though, who has he fought? He’s got a decent win over Sam Sexton, but Sexton is still unproven, and apart from that there is no one of any note on his record.

"Fighting me is taking a massive step up in class, and I plan on taking him to school in February and making him look a bit of a plonker.

"I heard he’s been driving around in a Robin Reliant like his hero Derek Trotter, but I’ll make him look like a plinker in the ring."

Skelton, who two years ago challenged Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA heavyweight title, vowed to knock out his young rival and send out a statement that, despite defeats in recent fights, he is far from finished.

"2009 wasn’t a great year for me, I’ll be the first to admit that," he said.

"But I’ve got plenty left to offer. I’ll do a job on Chisora and I’ll do a job on Sexton if I get a chance against him.

"I also feel I’ve got unfinished business against Martin Rogan. I don’t want to go out on a loss and I’ll prove a lot of people wrong on February 13.

"Winning the English title back in 2003 opened doors for me. A lot of people said that I was a novice and would get found out by Michael Holden, but I stopped him in six rounds and carried on upsetting the odds throughout my career."

Zimbabwe-born Chisora, 25, is unbeaten in 11 professional fights to date. Skelton has lost four times in 25 fights.

Throughout boxing’s long and colourful history, the greatest fighters have always emerged from the ranks of the poor and underprivileged. But, for the first time in 40 years, Chisora is an amazing exception to the rule.

Zimbabwe-born Derek Chisora is a young unbeaten heavyweight whose start in life could not be further removed from the ghetto.

Chisora comes from an extremely wealthy landowning family who possess 18 farms around Harare.

He grew up being waited upon by servants and was sent to the fee-paying Prince Edward School.

Unfortunately Chisora’s parents split up and he followed his mother to England when he was 15 some 10 years ago.


They live in Hampstead Garden Suburb, one of London’s most sumptuous areas.

Despite his affluent background, the teenage 6ft 2in, 17st Chisora went wild on the streets of North London and became known to the police.

Derek had many brushes with the law before he was arrested and charged with possession of offensive weapons.

When I asked him what weapons he had been carrying, he said: "Oh, the lot – knives, guns and coshes. I was young and dumb."

Miraculously, he escaped being sent to jail and it was his probation officer who probably saved his life.

Not sure what to do with the out-of-control, powerfully-built delinquent, the man took him to see Johnny Spencer, who runs the Finchley Amateur Boxing Club in New Barnet.

Spencer said: "It was obvious the probation officer was terrified of Derek, who was a right Jack the Lad.

"He pleaded with me to take him on to try to teach him some discipline.

"I agreed because it didn’t worry me how menacing he appeared.

"Thankfully we hit it off and Derek fell in love with boxing and found he had a natural talent for the sport.

"Needless to say, he turned his back on crime and violence and became dedicated to winning titles."

Chisora had a successful amateur career and was ABA super-heavyweight champion in 2006.

He was 25 on Monday and has won his eight fights comfortably since turning pro 22 months ago.

Chisora said: "The way my life was going there’s no doubt I would have ended up badly injured or killed by a stab wound or bullet."

He’s certainly not lacking in self belief and added: "I’ve made room in my trophy cabinet for the British, Commonwealth, European and World Championship belts because I’m going to win them all."

Skelton had been tipped to retire after his loss against Francesco Pianeta for the European title back in September, which was when Sanders decided to call it a day.

But ‘The Bedford Bear’, who turns 43 this month, said: "I’ve never even thought about retiring. I want my British title back and Chisora is standing in the way of me getting another shot."

The Night of the Champions features the exciting heavyweight showdown between British heavyweight champion Danny Williams and Commonwealth champion Sam Sexton; Kevin Mitchell’s WBO Intercontinental Lightweight title defence; Kell Brook’s WBO Intercontinental Welterweight title challenge; Derek Chisora versus Matt Skelton for the vacant English Heavyweight Championship; The Olympians James DeGale, Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders; plus hot prospects Vinny Mitchell and Liam, Michael and Ryan Walsh.

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