Chisora gets new opponent for title defence

26/11/2013 18:08

Dereck Chisora (18-4) will defend his WBO international heavyweight title against a new opponent at the Copper Box Arena  in London on Saturday.

Chisora had originally agreed to fight Arnold Gjerjaj, but the Swiss boxer dropped out and was replaced with Matteo Modugno.

But the Italian suffered a rib injury so instead Chisora will take on Ondrej Pala of the Czech Republic.

Pala has won 32 of his 35 fights and should provide Chisora - who is also going for the vacant WBA international heavyweight crown - with a decent test.

"You just have to keep going with it and keep pushing," he said. "You can't complain. I have been aiming for the same weight on those scales all the time so it is no different for me, no different at all.

"First of all they sign the contract but then they get in the gym and they get hurt. My last opponent pulled out because he got injured it is not like he didn't want to fight, we are in the fighting game and everyone wants to fight."

Chisora has been determined to lose weight and looked in excellent condition during his media workout on Tuesday.

"I'm feeling great and I'm excited for Saturday," he said. "Things are looking good. I wanted to lose a bit of weight and I'm walking around feeling good, I'm on the verge of losing even more weight so that is good.

"The Copper Box is a nice arena. We are going to start packing it out soon and I hope all of the fans come and enjoy the arena and stuff. It is a home arena for me now, it is the new York Hall basically."

Chisora has won all three fights since losing to fellow Brit David Haye at Upton Park in July 2012.

He has backed Haye to return to the ring despite the former WBA heavyweight champion suggesting his career may be over because of injury.

"He will be back," Chisora said. "David Haye will be back because he likes boxing. It is difficult to get away from it if you have the passion."