AGGRESSIVE AND PROBLEMATIC| The Intriguing Story Of British-Zimbabwean Boxer Dereck Chisora’s Childhood


AGGRESSIVE AND PROBLEMATIC| The Intriguing Story Of British-Zimbabwean Boxer Dereck Chisora’s Childhood

 

British-Zimbabwean boxer Derek Chisora is arguably one of the best boxers in the world.

As of September 2022, Chisora was ranked as the world’s eighth-best active heavyweight by BoxRec. Regionally, he has held multiple heavyweight championships, including the British and Commonwealth titles from 2010 to 2011, and the European title from 2013 to 2014.

According to Box Live, Chisora “has a rough, brawling style that can bedevil more clinical boxers.”

Dereck Chisora was born on 29 December 1983 in Mbare, a high-density suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city.

 

The intriguing story of Dereck Chisora’s childhood. [Image: talkSPORTS]

His parents divorced when he was only four. As a result, he had to grow up in the care of his maternal grandmother and step-grandfather in a middle-class upbringing in a more affluent suburb of Hatfield.

Chisora did his secondary education at Churchill Boys High, where he was a paramedic for the school’s sports team, and he was very problematic. He once beat up the headmaster at the school.

His uncle Paul De Souza, a martial artist, saw something special in him and decided to groom him. De Souza said of him:

I think his early life experiences made him the person he is now; from the divorce of his parents to the military discipline instilled in him by me. I used to make him hit punch bags at home. As a young boy, he could take on much older guys and beat them senseless.

Dereck went back to Mbare to live with his father at 15. In 1999 he joined his mother in the UK, who had migrated there when life in Zimbabwe became difficult.

 

Dereck Chisora's Childhood
The intriguing story of Dereck Chisora’s childhood. [Image: Sky Sports]

In 2002, he was involved in a street brawl and was arrested for assault after knocking out a victim’s teeth. His parole officer suggested that he take up boxing and he joined the sport at 19.

 

 

Chisora fought 20 amateur fights, which included winning the 2006 ABA super heavyweight title, and a gold medal at the Four Nations Championships. He was trained by Joe Smyth on the fundamental aspects of boxing and turned pro in 2007.

Chisora made his professional debut on 17 February 2007 at the Wembley Arena in London, beating Hungarian István Kecskés by a technical knockout (TKO) in the second round.

During his career, Chisora earned the reputation of being a bad boy.

In 2009, he was suspended for four months for biting Paul Butlin. In 2010, he was found guilty of assault against his girlfriend and given a suspended 12-week prison sentence.

 

Dereck Chisora's Childhood
The intriguing story of Dereck Chisora’s childhood. [Image: Mirror]

In 2012, Chisora slapped Vitali Klitschko across the face when the two went head-to-head during the staredown before a match. In the post-match press conference, Chisora got into a post-fight press conference brawl with David Haye.

After the brawl with Haye, the British Boxing Board of Control suspended Dereck Chisora’s boxing license indefinitely under the condition that he must take anger management treatment before he would be reinstated.

He was able to use a boxing license from another country to fight David Haye and he lost the fight by TKO after being repeatedly knocked down in the fifth round.

 

 

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