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Derek Chisora vows to knock Kubrat Pulev out when the heavyweight pair go to war next month

Derek Chisora ​​and Kubrat Pulev make a secret bet on the podium at their announcement press conference as the Briton ‘guarantees’ knockout his rival when they meet in July

  • Derek Chisora ​​vows to knock out Kubrat Pulev in their heavyweight fight in July
  • Chisora ​​has lost his three previous fights, Pulev has lost only twice in 31 fights
  • Both huddled with Eddie Hearn and proudly staked it by making a secret bet

‘Where is he? Where’s Derek?’ an excited Kubrat Pulev bellowed to promoter Eddie Hearn as his wait for Chisora ​​arrived at Friday’s press conference until after the hour.

It was fitting for a fight dubbed “Total Carnage,” a fight that was hastily settled after a deal to pit Chisora ​​against Adam Kownacki backfired. Chisora ​​had taken it upon herself to post a photo of Kownacki’s combat contract online. “That messed up some feathers,” Hearn told reporters.

It was Pulev who emerged victorious when he and Chisora ​​went to battle in Hamburg, Germany six years ago, and the chance to exact revenge on July 9 at the O2 Arena – both for the Londoner and his promoter Hearn — was an unexpected proposition that neither could turn down.

Derek Chisora ​​and Kubrat Pulev last fought in 2016, with Pulev coming out on top

Derek Chisora ​​and Kubrat Pulev last fought in 2016, with Pulev coming out on top

When Chisora ​​finally arrived, the couple hugged; the respect between the two was evident everywhere. Still, there was a strong confidence that both fighters radiated, with Del Boy willing to risk more than his reputation.

The 38-year-old’s confidence has clearly not been tarnished by his three consecutive defeats – first to Oleksandr Usyk and then a few losses to Joseph Parker – as he vowed to end the impending fight within 12-round distance.

“Yes, I’ll stop him,” he said, when Hearn asked if he believes he can take out the stubborn Bulgarian. “I guarantee I’ll stop him.” It has only happened twice before – by Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua, his only two defeats from 31 fights.

Chisora ​​was extremely confident despite losing his last three straight bouts

Chisora ​​was extremely confident despite losing his last three straight bouts

However, those statistics clearly failed to impress a bellicose Chisora. “I’m going to guarantee him a bet, if he wants it, that I’ll knock him out,” he said. “Want to bet on that?”

At 41, Pulev has seen it all before, and for a while he skated around the subject, insisting that his opponent “talks too much.” But after some coercion, he said ‘deal’.

The three main protagonists on stage — Hearn, Chisora, and Pulev — huddled, whispering, hiding exactly what the bet was. We will no doubt discover that in due course.

Pulev's only two previous losses have come to Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua

Pulev’s only two previous losses have come to Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua

For Pulev, Chisora’s talk about a knockout was just that — just talk. ‘How? How are you going to guarantee a knockout?’ he asked.

“It’s all talk. We need to see something real. Not only in sports, but also in politics everyone talks so much nonsense. How are you going to guarantee that you’ll stop me? This isn’t real.’ Chisora’s reaction? “One Jab, right hand, and you’re going to fall.”

It’s a result that will no doubt send the audience in the O2 Arena into a frenzy. But, what’s important to Del Boy, the fans will stay whatever the outcome. And despite approaching the twilight of his career, he vows to take the action one more time.

Chisora's promoter Eddie Hearn was on stage as the two heavyweights made their secret bet

Chisora’s promoter Eddie Hearn was on stage as the two heavyweights made their secret bet

“For me, my plan is my fans. Entertainment is that plan; that’s what i like. I’ve lost so many fights, I’ve won what I wanted to win, but it’s irrelevant to me. I wake up every morning, I go to training, I’m still hungry for it.

“I get these younger guys coming to the gym with me, and I can see in their eyes the fear they have when they get to round three or four. I’m still hungry, I still want to fight, and I still want to do damage.’

There are just over four weeks until the fighters take the ring, when we’ll find out if Chisora ​​can keep his word and that jab, land that right hand and give himself a massive winter showdown.

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