Chisora finds new opponent
November, 20, 2013
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Scott Heavey/Getty ImagesDereck Chisora, one fight removed from a KO of Edmund Gerber, has a new opponent for Nov. 30.European heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora will face Ondrej Pala on Nov. 30 at London's Copper Box Arena.
On Wednesday, Pala (32-3, 22 KOs) replaced original opponent Matteo Modugno (14-0, 8 KOs) of Italy, who dropped out over the weekend after suffering two broken ribs during a sparring session.
England's Chisora, who will be making his first European defense against Pala, of the Czech Republic, said he isn't concerned about the late switch.
"It's a late change as I've prepared for Modugno, but I like the look of Pala," Chisora said. "I reckon he'll give me a much better fight than Modugno would have given me. He can definitely bang as his 22 knockouts show and he'll be looking to do some damage to me. As long as he comes forward and attacks and doesn't go on the back foot running away then it will be an explosive fight.
"I'm in the mood to do some destroying on the night and I'll look to break Pala down methodically just like I took [Edmund] Gerber apart. I broke him up with plenty of rib-crunching body shots and I'll do the same to Pala."
Chisora (18-4, 12 KOs), who lost a world title shot by decision against Vitali Klitschko in 2012, stopped Gerber in the fifth round to win the European title on Sept. 21.