Afterwards, Derek Chisora ordered Eddie Hearn to set him up with a fight against Deontay Wilder take revenge his defeat by Kubrat Pulev.
Chisora got the spoils in a grueling fight against former foe Kubrat Pulev as the two went to war over twelve rounds.
The Londoner was stubborn in his determination against Pulev, who beat him the first time they met.
“WAR” sucked it up and came back despite looking spent from the second round. Chisora dug deep and managed to put his efforts together in spurts to get a split decision.
An initial 116-112 card for Pulev was nullified by a 116-112 card for Chisora and a 116-114 anomaly that meant two draws.
Speaking to DAZN after the fight, Chisora said: “I think the last time I won a fight was three years ago. Time has passed. It was difficult.
“Pulev is an excellent fighter, very difficult. I trained hard. I am happy today. At the same time, I’m sad.”
Chisora said he wants his promoter to get him a fight against the dangerous former WBC champion.
“I don’t have much left, but what I have, I’m going to give it all to you guys. In my next few fights, I’m going to go out.
“I don’t want easy fights. I want hard fights. But I told Eddie (Hearn) the other day that if he got me the Bronze Bomber (Deontay Wilder), I’d be happy.
“I want to fight everyone in my era, win or lose. I just want to fight.”
On the potential defeat of the split decision, Chisora added: “Mate, I’m used to it bro. If he was given it, I would get back on the train and go on.
“I’m used to being robbed. It wouldn’t be new to me. I wouldn’t be upset. I would just move on. God has a plan for me. I don’t know what it is, but we’ll find out soon enough.’
Deontay Wilder fight
Then Eddie Hearn came into the limelight, but did not turn to the fight with Deontay Wilder.
“Chisora deserved one today,” promoter Eddie Hearn said. “It was a close fight and when they read the split, ‘I thought, please, please.’
“I was going to run out of the ring! He would come for me. But he had so many close decisions that didn’t go his way.
“He just beat a top fifteen fighter in the world, probably one of the top ten heavyweights. Let’s see what the future holds.
“I was just desperate to see him win tonight. He has such a big heart, he never quits.”
CompuBox released statistics on how close the fight was afterward. They told World Boxing News: “Derek Chisora takes a split decision over Kubrat Pulev after a fierce close fight.
“In the end, both fighters landed 133 power punches with the same percentage. But it was Chisora’s 86 body connections that made the difference.
“The scores were 116-112 Pulev, 116-112 Chisora and 116-114 Chisora.”