After failing to live up to his potential for the majority of his fighting career, the tides have finally turned for 34-year-old Dereck Chisora after an impressive eighth round stoppage victory over Carlos Takam, who lasted 10 rounds against Anthony Joshua in October last year.
Chisora certainly rose to the occasion and thrived in front of a sell-out crowd at London’s O2 Arena, putting in the performance of his career to-date.
The win, after a number of high-profile defeats, has catapulted the man born in Zimbabwe back into world title contention.
The British brawler was forced to soak up heavy combination shots for most of the bout, but then unleashed a destructive right hook which floored Takam and gave ‘Del Boy’ the opening he needed to end the fight.
The Frenchman rose to his feet bravely and attempted to continue, but was immediately met by a huge overhand blow to the chin which put the 37-year-old back on the canvas.
The referee Howard Foster then waved the contest off without a count, sending the 20,000 strong crowd into a state of ecstasy.
‘Del Boy’ spoke to iFL TV earlier this week, outlining his future plans in the sport and potential next opponent.
“Manuel Charr,” Chisora replied, when asked who he would like to fight next.
“Maybe we’ll have to pay (Fres Oquendo) to drop out so we can sort the date out.
“You know what, that is a lie. The fight I really want is Dillian Whyte.
“He don’t want it man. If you are watching Dillian, I know for a fact you don’t want it.
“He’s all talk. I do the talk and the walking. He doesn’t want it. He’s going to try and duck and dive, give stories, this and that…
“I guarantee you, put me in the ring with that guy and I’ll bust his face up. I’ll take him to the cleaners.
“I wanted the fight, he hasn’t got balance. He chucks a shot and he is on the other side of the ring. I want Dillian.
“If he thinks he could beat me. I will give Dillian 40% (of the purse). I will take 10%, and we will leave the rest in a side pot for the winner.”