Dereck Chisora is a renowned English boxing champion who has won major titles in multiple heavyweight competitions. The boxer is currently the world’s seventh-best active heavyweight boxer according to the Transformational Boxing Rankings Board. Amazingly, Derek has pulled a lot of stunts with his exceptional fighting style and has fought his way to superstardom. He has competed against top boxing champions; thus, having 29 wins out of his 38 professional bouts. Learn more about Chisora below.
Dereck Chisora Biography
Dereck Chisora was born on the 29th day of December 1983 in Mbare, Harare, Zimbabwe. He was born to Zimbabwean parents – Paul and his wife Viola Chisora. Dereck experienced an unstable childhood as his parents separated when he was just four years old and was left under the care of his grandparents – Phyllis Masarakufa and Angelo De Souza. Meanwhile, Dereck wasn’t a sportsman from childhood; he served as a paramedic while in high school and he graduated from Churchill Boarding School.
When he was sixteen years old, Dereck went to be with his mother in England. Upon arrival, the youngster lived with his mother in Finchley, London. There he saw an opportunity to pursue a career in boxing for which he has garnered fame. It didn’t take long for the fighter to master the basic skills and get his amateur boxing career to a start. He remained undefeated throughout his amateur career and recorded victories in all his fights.
Turning pro in 2007, Dereck kicked off his professional career in February via a fight against Hungarian boxer, Istvan Kecskes. After beating Istvan by a total knockout, Dereck went on to win his next three fights. He also recorded wins against top fighters including Sam Sexton as well as Shawn Mclean and Lee Swaby. He held an 8 – 0 record in the first two years of his professional career.
Dereck Chisora continued to make waves in his career and went on to defeat Paul Butlin and two more fighters in 2009 before taking up the title bout against Danny Williams in 2010. Dereck defeated Williams in May 2010 to become the British Heavyweight champion. His next fight was against Sam Sexton whom he won via a total knockout to clinch the Commonwealth heavyweight championship title in September 2010.
The Zimbabwean boxer recorded his first career loss against Tyson Fury in July 2011. As a result of the loss, Dereck was stripped of his British and Commonwealth titles. He also competed for the WBA, WBO Inter-Continental, and European heavyweight titles but eventually lost to Robert Helenius in December 2011. He fought Wladimir Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight title in February 2012; however, he lost the fight by unanimous decision. His fourth professional loss came against David Haye in July of the same year and after that, Dereck bounced back while winning his next five fights.
Amazingly, he won the WBO International heavyweight title after his triumph over Malik Scott in July 2013. He also won the vacant European heavyweight title by defeating Edmund Gerber in September and also defeated Ondrej Pala to add WBA International heavyweight title to his achievements. He was defeated by Tyson Fury in 2014, hence losing his European and WBO International titles.
Dereck further won the vacant WBA heavyweight championship title after beating Carlos Takam in July 2018. The fighter named David Haye as his manager in October 2018 and his fight against Dillian Whyte in December 2018 ended in a loss. Presently, the Zimbabwean fighter has won 29 out of his 38 professional career fights and has lost nine.
Net Worth: How Much is Dereck Chisora Worth?
The boxing star has been outstanding since the inception of his career and has made a lot of money from his boxing career, especially the pay-per-view bouts. According to online sources, Dereck’s net worth has been estimated to be around $22 million. He makes his wealth from his boxing career, endorsements, and other business ventures.
Family Life: Does He Have a Wife or Girlfriend?
Just like we stated earlier, Dereck came from a middle-class Zimbabwean family. He was raised by his grandparents following his parent’s divorce when he was four years old. Prior to his boxing career, the star moved to the UK to stay with his mother. He hasn’t disclosed many details regarding his parents and family, perhaps he might be their only child. His family has been very supportive since the beginning of his career. Meanwhile, his mother has been playing a significant role as one of Dereck’s managers.
Undoubtedly, Dereck Chisora has garnered huge fame through his boxing career; nevertheless, he isn’t so successful in his love life. He has been in a few relationships but never tied the knot. While he enjoys keeping his personal life under the shades; it is already known that he was previously in a relationship with an Iranian lady named Yalda. The pair had a rather unsuccessful relationship which abruptly came to an end after seven months.
Their relationship was filled with abuses and Dereck was equally sued for domestic violence after hitting Yalda out of anger. As a result, the court asked him to pay Yalda a compensation of 1500 Euros while receiving 150 hours of community service. Since then, there is no news of Dereck’s subsequent relationships.