Derek Chisora calls out Deontay Wilder and says he 'will fight anybody' after Pulev win

After securing a split-decision victory over Kubrat Pulev, Derek Chisora is setting his sights on Deontay Wilder.

Derek Chisora ended a run of three consecutive defeats last weekend, with the Brit securing a split-decision victory against Kubrat Pulev at the O2 Arena in London.

It silenced the critics suggesting the 38-year-old should retire, with Chisora now instead turning his attention to former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

The 36-year-old American last fought in October against Tyson Fury, when he lost the trilogy against Fury via knockout.

With both needing a win to reignite their career, it'd certainly be a blockbuster bout, and Chisora is keen to make it happen.

"Deontay Wilder next? Yeah, why not," Chisora insisted.

"I don't know (how it would go), we'll see. I can't picture it yet until he is sitting next to him.

"I will fight anybody. It just depends what money we are getting paid - that is it. It is about money, it is not about anything else.

"I don't want an easy fight."

While Chisora was able to get the better of Pulev (29-3) and delight his big following in the capital, he was wobbled in the eighth and the prospect of going into the ring with Wilder could spell danger for the popular veteran.

It was a different story in this battle for the vacant WBA international heavyweight title where the Londoner started strongly and targeted the body of the 41-year-old in the opening rounds.

Referee Marcus McDonnell had to move fast to avoid Chisora's right in the second round but Pulev had no such luck minutes later.

A brilliant sixth round saw Chisora catch his more experienced rival with successive left jabs to the face before a hefty right punch connected with the body.

The bell saved Pulev in the seventh round with Chisora's right hook resulting in blood pouring from the left eye of his opponent and while the tables turned in the next round, a strong finish by the local hero saw thrilling ninth and 12th rounds eventually clinch him a first win since 2019.

Matchroom and DAZN promoter Eddie Hearn added: "He just wants the biggest opportunities out there and we should look at 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.

"He wants the biggest fights for the most amount of money but he has just beaten a top-15, arguably a top-10 heavyweight in the world, so that should put pay to anyone who says he hasn't got it any more because he has just beat Kubrat Pulev."

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