Dereck Chisora’s promoter Kalle Sauerland believes that there is a chance that the European Boxing Union could order a fight between Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) and Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) to fight for the EBU heavyweight title if the current champion Robert Helenius chooses to vacate his title.
Sauerland is in negotiations right now for a fight between Helenius and Chisora, but he’s hearing from his sources that Helenius may vacate and instead choose to go after one of the world titles rather than defend the EBU strap. As such, Sauerland is hoping the EBU orders Joshua to face Chisora for their EBU strap.
Chisora showed up at the Charles Martin – Vyacheslav Glazkov post-fight press conference last Saturday night and called out Martin for a world title fight. Martin’s management told Chisora to have Sauerland call them to discuss a possible fight. It’s unclear whether that phone call was made. If it was, then you have to wonder why Sauerland is talking about hoping to get a fight against Joshua for Chisora.
It would seem to me that fighting the 6’5” Martin would be the better fight for Chisora because if he won the IBF title, he could use it as bait for a fight against Joshua. But then again, if Martin’s management were not interested in fighting Chisora, then I could understand why Sauerland would be talking up a fight between Chisora and Joshua.
“The [Chisora-Joshua] fight would be imminent because it would be ordered. It would then be up to us to agree a deal with Matchroom, and we have a very close working relationship,” Sauerland said.
If Joshua wants a fight against Chisora, then there shouldn’t have to be so much emphasis on the EBU title being on the line. Personally, I don’t think Joshua really wants the Chisora fight because there’s no upside in taking it. Chisora hasn’t beaten anyone of quality in many years, and he’s mainly just beating fodder opposition at this point in his career. Chisora, 32, has won his last five fights since his 10th round stoppage loss to Tyson Fury in 2014, but all of his opponents have been the weak variety.