Chisora's title fight with Klitschko in doubt due to court date

LONDON, UK – Zimbabwean Derek Chisora's title fight with Wladimir Klitschko in doubt after British boxer handed court date just four weeks before bout

Derek Chisora is due in court next month for sentencing on theft and assault charges, casting doubt over his world heavyweight title clash with Wladimir Klitschko.

Chisora must appear before the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on November 10, four weeks before he is scheduled to meet Klitschko in Mannheim, Germany.

On Friday the 26-year-old from Finchley, north London, pleaded guilty to the offences which took place on May 28. A pre-sentence report is being compiled.

Assault alone caries a maximum penalty of six months in prison and/or a fine.

However, a source involved in the fight’s promotion does not expect the court appearance to have an impact on the staging of the contest.

Chisora attended a press conference in central London on Thursday morning to publicise his first attempt at winning a world heavyweight title.

The British and Commonwealth champion, who was born in Zimbabwe, is unbeaten in 14 fights but is rated a heavy underdog against IBF and WBO title holder Klitschko.

Last year he was banned for four months and fined £2,500 for biting opponent Paul Butlin at York Hall on May 22.