Dereck Chisora could challenge Anthony Joshua if he wins European title, says Eddie Hearn
By Tim Hobbs
Last Updated: 06/05/16 4:16pm
Dereck Chisora is likely to get a crack at Anthony Joshua if he wins the European heavyweight title, according to Eddie Hearn.
The Finchley fighter travels to Germany to challenge Kubrat Pulev for the vacant strap on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.
Chisora previously turned down the chance to face his north London rival but promoter Hearn is hoping he can deal with Pulev to put himself in line for an all-British battle for Joshua's IBF world title.
"The heavyweight division is just on fire at the moment and that fight is one of the top fights in the division," Hearn told Sky Sports.
"Forget the European title, I think it's a great fight on the world scene.
"I've got my fingers crossed that Dereck can beat Pulev and win that European title and if he does, I believe he is a prime candidate to challenge Anthony Joshua if he can get past Dominic Breazeale."
Joshua is a heavy favourite to retain his title, live on Sky Sports Box Office on June 25, and showed Breazeale he meant business in a heated exchange with the American challenger this week.
Chisora (25-5-KO17) is the master of the media fall-outs, however, and went one step further than Joshua, grappling with Pulev (22-1-KO12) at their pre-fight meeting in Germany.
'Del Boy' gained notoriety for his brawl with David Haye at a press conference and a ringside ruck with Tyson Fury in 2011, and Hearn admitted he is a fan of the 32-year-old former British champion, who also slapped Vitali Klitschko prior to his world title defeat to the Ukrainian in 2012.
"I saw some fireworks at the press conference, which is standard procedure from Dereck Chisora but Chisora is a strange guy," he said.
"We offered him a lot of money to fight Anthony Joshua for the European title before he got Charles Martin and he turned it down for probably a sixth or seventh of the money to fight Pulev in Germany.
"And he said to me 'when I beat Pulev in Germany, you'll pay me twice as much as before to fight Joshua' and he might well be right.
"He's got some cajones and I really like his attitude but he's really up against it in Germany, in a really tough fight."
You can watch Dereck Chisora v Kubrat Pulev, live on Sky Sports 2 on Saturday night around 10pm, before Anthony Crolla v Ismael Barroso live from Manchester. Or watch for £6.99 without a contract, on NOW TV.