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Charles tipping Chisora for the top

ESPN staff
June 4, 2013
Chisora feels ready for Scott

Trainer Don Charles is backing promoter Frank Warren to work his magic and propel Dereck Chisora to the top of the heavyweight division.

Chisora has had troubles both in and out of the ring during his career, but he now seems to have upward momentum following a recent win over Hector Alfredo Avila.

That victory came on the back of his loss to Vitali Klitschko - which was followed by an ugly brawl with David Haye in the post-fight press conference.

Haye beat Chisora in a grudge match, which appeared to leave Chisora's career in tatters. But he returned to beat Avila in workmanlike fashion and next faces Malik Scott on July 20.

Scott brings a record of 35 wins from 36 fights and it is a major test for Chisora, but Charles feels the confidence is back and is expecting the upward trend to continue - with Warren the man to get him a shot at a title.

"In life it's is about maturity and the people around you you are the company you keep," Charles said. "Dereck has a lot of good quality people around him now and obviously it's rubbing off. From myself to his mother and his very good friends, we've also got a fantastic camp.

"He's had a series of losses in big fights but Frank Warren is a master at bringing people back. He's a magician, in fact.

"We've got that winning feeling again. Okay, it was not the best performance in the world against Avila but nevertheless it was a win.

"The next fight is a massive challenge against Scott and we're confident of victory. When you get that 'W' once again, the confidence lifts both the fighter and the coaching staff."

Scott comes with a good reputation but Charles feels it will be gulf in class the American cannot bridge when he faces Chisora.

Charles said: "This chap up next has 35 wins in 36 fights and we recognise that, but there's a cliche in boxing that records are only for DJs.

"We will go in there on July 20 and demonstrate that he has not fought at Dereck Chisora's level."

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