DERECK CHISORA has parted ways with his long-term coach Don Charles to team up with the former trainer of Tony Bellew – Dave Coldwell.
Following his loss to Dilian Whyte, Del Boy has shrugged off retirement rumours and is now set to return to action against ex-heavyweight champ Joseph Parker on April 20.
Charles has been in Chisora’s corner since his debut in 2007, but the trainer’s relationship with Del Boy’s promoter David Haye was always going to be tough because of their tumultuous history.
Haye broke Charles’ jaw during a brawl at a press conference in Munich following Chisora’s lost title challenge for Vitali Klitschko’s WBC belt.
Even though the Zimbabwe-born British heavyweight joined Hayemaker Promotions in 2018, he continued working with his long-term coach based in London.
But, ahead of his April bout with Parker, Chisora will now be guided by Coldwell – who has also clashed with Haye in the past while leading Bellew to his two victories over The Hayemaker in 2017 and 2018.
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Coldwell said: “Boxing throws up plenty of surprises and it was a real big surprise to get a call from David to work with Dereck.
“He’s adapted very quickly to life up here and settled in the gym which shows that he’s serious about his career, there is a real hunger to develop and improve.”
Del Boy hails Coldwell for his influence on Bellew’s career and says he is looking forward to their training sessions.
Chisora said: “Dave has done amazing work with my good friend Tony Bellew and his other boxers.
“People know by now that I don’t like to do things the conventional way.
“This is a new direction for me. I’m learning every day, I’m buzzing.”