Derek Chisora set his sights on an ambitious potential fight with Deontay Wilder the next after he ended his three-game losing streak with a split decision win Kubrat Pulev at the O2 Arena in London.

The win helped silence the 38-year-old’s doubters as the judges scored the heavyweight bout 112-116, 116-112 and 116-114 to avenge Del Boy’s 2016 loss to the Bulgarian.

Chisora’s 45th professional fight is expected to be his last against an opponent who has only tasted defeat at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua but it was British a boxer who threw better and harder punches with a brilliant 12th round enough to win.

I will fight anyone. It just depends on what kind of money we get – that’s all. It’s about money, not about anything else

Retirement plans are therefore on hold for the former Finchley fan and he used his first triumph in two-and-a-half years to call out ex-world heavyweight champion Wilder, who lost his trilogy fight with Tyson Fury in October.

“Deontay Wilder next? Yes, why not,” Chisora ​​insisted.

“I don’t know (how it will be), we’ll see. I still can’t imagine until he’s sitting next to me.

“I will fight anyone. It just depends on what kind of money we get – that’s all. It’s about money, not about anything else.

“I don’t want an easy fight.”

While Chisora ​​was able to defeat Pulev (29-3) and delight his fans in the capital, he faltered in the eighth and the prospect of stepping into the ring with Wilder could be a danger to the popular veteran.

Chisora ​​wins in brilliant 12th round (Bradley Koller/Pennsylvania)

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It was a different story in this fight for the vacant WBA world heavyweight title, with the Londoner starting strongly and targeting the 41-year-old’s body in the early rounds.

Referee Marcus McDonnell had to move quickly to avoid Chisora’s right jab in the second round, but Pulev was unlucky minutes later.

A scintillating sixth round saw Chisora ​​catch his more experienced opponent with a succession of lefts to the face before landing a powerful right to the body.

The bell saved Pulev in the seventh round with Chisora’s right hook causing blood to pour out of his opponent’s left eye, and while the tide turned in the next round, the local hero’s strong finish led to an exciting ninth and 12th round that eventually delivered he will win. first win since 2019.

Matchroom and DAZN promoter Eddie Hearn added: “He just wants his biggest opportunity and we have to find the right fights for him, but it was a really big win.

“Derek is capable of doing whatever he wants. Look, he wants Deontay Wilder. I still like Dillian Whyte three.

Chisora ​​is congratulated by promoter Eddie Hearn (Bradley Koller/PA)

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“He wants the biggest fights for the biggest amount of money, but he’s just beaten a top 15, maybe a top 10 heavyweight in the world, so that should put paid to anyone who says he doesn’t have it anymore because he just beat Kubrat Pulev.”

Chisora ​​(33-12) landed some venomous punches in the ninth round and went for the kill in the closing seconds, but Pulev held firm before a split decision sent the O2 Arena into song for the Harare-born boxer.

Don Charles is back in the British fighter’s corner to help him inflict a third defeat on the Bulgarian and join an illustrious list that includes former world heavyweight champions Klitschko and compatriot Joshua.

“I told Eddie it had been two years since I won. David Price is here, so I lost a lot in a row,” added Chisora.

“The fans were great. I do for them, the whole war, the whole fight, everything for them. It was great for me.

“I have to give AJ credit because AJ has to have a serious power boy. I’m yelling at him because I hit this guy and he wasn’t moving.”

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