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Chisora reveals sparring woes ahead of Klitschko bout

ESPN staff
November 25, 2010

Dereck Chisora has admitted that a lack of sparring partners is a source of concern ahead of his heavyweight title clash against Wladimir Klitschko, who he has accused of being in decline.

The British heavyweight, currently training in Scotland, has struggled to find fighters willing to make the journey to his camp. Chisora's confession will spark fears that the 26-year-old - a veteran of 14 unbeaten fights - is inadequately prepared for the huge step up in quality he faces against Klitschko.

Chisora is yet to face a heavyweight ranked in the top 20, and the chasm in experience between the two has led to the suspicion that the bout will be as one-sided as David Haye's fight against Audley Harrison.

Now Chisora has added fuel to the fire by admitting his sparring problems ahead of the December 11 clash in Germany. "I haven't been getting enough sparring partners," Chisora told Sky Sports News. "I want to pay good money but they won't come up here, they're giving me all talk."

Klitschko is unbeaten for six years since suffering a shock knockout defeat against Lamon Brewster - but Chisora insists that his best days are well behind him. "I'm on my way up, he's on his way down and we're meeting in the middle. And guess what happens when two trucks meet in the middle? It's a crash," he said.

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