Wladimir Klitschko yesterday taunted David Haye for failing to meet him in the ring, and praised Dereck Chisora's decision to challenge for his heavyweight titles.
Chisora, from Finchley in north London, will attempt to seize the IBF and WBO belts from Klitschko when the rivals meet in Mannheim on 11 December.
The 26-year-old will be treading a path rejected by Haye, who claimed to have refused fights with Wladimir and older brother Vitali on financial grounds. Instead, Haye meets Audley Harrison in Manchester on 13 November.
"Dereck has impressed me with his latest win, a spectacular knockout of Sam Sexton," said Klitschko at a press conference in London this morning. "I think boxing fans around the world would love to see Dereck fight me." "I respect Dereck that he took the chance without considering it too long. He heard about it and took it. "I know another man [Haye] that is fighting next month with his London buddy Audley Harrison. Haye was talking a lot but never coming into the ring. "Dereck is young and has only had 14 fights, but that doesn't say a lot. The fact he's confident says a lot, his will says a lot.
"I see myself in Dereck in some ways. He deserves his chance. He is confident and determined and I'm looking forward to the challenge." (Guardian)