Despite losing his IBF European heavyweight title fight against Kubrat Pulev earlier this month, Dereck Chisora still had enough confidence about his owning boxing capabilities to confront Dillian Whyte at the George Groves v Martin Murray press conference, and question the boxer's ability.
Whyte was made available to speak to the press, alongside his promoter Eddie Hearn, after joining Matchroom boxing on Saturday, but was not to expect the near bust-up that was to follow, as Chisora had to be restrained by security - having hurled abuse at his fellow heavyweight.
Chisora (25-6-KO17) began the spat by shouting across the lobby and, as broadcast on Matchroom boxing's official account, the 32-year-old fighter said: “You’re nothing."
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The heavyweights had previously exchanged heated messages on Twitter, but Chisora clearly looked to take it to the next level, as he approached the Jamaican-born fighter, with those in attendance at the event looking on bemused.
"You’re just talking s***.” Chisora added, before announcing his willingness to fight there and then, adding: “I’m ready to rock and roll right now.” However, he was led away by security, while one of the Finchley fighter's entourage joked, saying: “Let’s get some money for this,"
Whyte will fight on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's first world title defence against Dominic Breazeale next month, in hope that he can pave his way to a rematch with the undefeated KO specialist, after he was stopped by Joshua in December for the British heavyweight title.
Having signed up to Matchroom, the 28-year-old believes Hearn can get him the fights that will, hopefully, lift him to the top of the heavyweight rankings, at a time when Britain is dominating the heavyweight division.
Meanwhile, Chisora has been dealt a setback in his pursuit for a world title fight, after his defeat earlier in the month in Hamburg, and is currently some distance behind his fellow British heavyweights, in terms of status and success.
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