Dillian Whyte put ‘juju curse’ on Dereck Chisora ahead of eagerly-anticipated rematch at the 02

12 Dec

Dillian Whyte has put a ‘voodoo curse’ on rival Dereck Chisora ahead of their highly anticipated rematch on December 22.

After two long years of waiting to scrap once again, the British heavyweights are set to slug it out once again at London’s 02 Arena.

Chisora and Whyte hope to bring an end to their epic rivalry on December 22

After several physical altercations and cross words ahead of the first fight, the domestic rivals appear to have cooled the trash-talking somewhat.

Chisora’s hilarious anecdote about laxatives certainly tickled fans, but it appeared as though the verbal sparring may no have been as light-hearted as first believed.

During a deleted ‘The Gloves Are Off’ segment, it is understood Whyte muttered something under his breath which producers deemed too controversial to air on TV.

Although it is too difficult to decipher exactly what the ‘Bodsnatcher’ was saying, Johnny Nelson believes he put a ‘juju’ curse on his bitter rival.

The British brawlers played out a classic back in December 2016
Whyte edged a controversial split decision

The former world cruiserweight champion told iFL TV: “The producers and directors were not sure if it was profanity and what exactly he was saying.

“Because someone was going to understand what was said there.

“But translation – don’t ask me what he said.

The winner could be in line for a lucrative heavyweight world title fight against Anthony Joshua next year

“You can understand why though, because somebody will be out there and they’ll understand what was said and if the director and producer didn’t know what was said they could be saying anything.

“So they’ve got to be smart with it, they’ve got to be safe with it.

“My dad told me not to repeat it, it’s not good, it’s not coming out of my mouth, it’s a little bit saucy.”

Chisora will be hoping the appointment of former foe David Haye as his manager will counter-act any potential curses.

The former two-weight world champion is targeting world title fights for the 34-year-old brawler, knowing Anthony Joshua will be in the front row.

Although Whyte has been tipped to fight Joshua on April 13 at Wembley, Chisora will know he has a chance to throw a spanner in the works by claiming his revenge.

‘Tony Bellew is a freak of nature and Oleksandr Usyk does not respect him!’ claims former cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson

9 Nov

Jonny Nelson has described Tony Bellewas a ‘freak of nature’ ahead of his cruiserweight world title fight with the undefeated, undisputed champion Oleksandr Usyk.

Nelson, a former cruiserweight champion himself, told talkSPORT the flamboyant Ukrainian is underestimating the ‘Bomber’ – something which could lead to his downfall at the Manchester Arena.

Bellew will challenge Usyk for the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO world titles in Manchester

Bellew will once again be the underdog for Saturday night’s fight against a man who is yet to show a single weakness in either his amateur or professional career.

Having won European, Olympic and World titles, the 31-year-old is rightly considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the game.

However, Nelson has warned the World Boxing Super Series champion to not be complacent against the resilient Scouser, having eyed up his rival one last time before at the weigh-ins on Friday.

“Tony Bellew is a freak of nature, “ Nelson told Alan Brazil and Sam Allardyce on the Sports Breakfast.

Bellew flattened rival David Haye in his last fight

“Honestly, I just think; do not write him off completely. Usyk is a brilliant fighter, a brilliant specimen, but there is a narrow avenue for Tony Bellew.

“I think Usyk underestimates Tony – he’s been very relaxed, kind of dismissive in a smart, polite sort of way.

“I just thought ‘he does not respect you’.”

After two failed world title attempts in the early stages of his career, Bellew’s career seemed to be winding down somewhat by the time he was cast in the Rocky spin-off ‘Creed’in 2015.

Bellew climbed off the canvas in 2016 to win the WBC title at Goodison Park

However, a move up to the 200lb cruiserweight division and a succession of stunning knockouts propelled him from journeyman to one of Britsh boxing’s biggest pay-per-view draws.

Back-to-back wins over David Haye cemented his reputation as a power puncher, with Haye himself telling talkSPORT no-one has hit him the way Bellew does.

Despite this, Nelson believes the undisputed cruiserweight champion does not respect Bellew.

“Usyk will look at Tony Bellew and think ‘you are a light-heavyweight’,” Nelson continued.

Nelso is the longest reigning cruiserweight champion in history

“He doesn’t respect Tony Bellew, I’m telling you! You can tell how he has come over here, this thing is no big deal.

“Usyk is a very special individual but if there is ever a time for Tony Bellew to beat Oleksandr Usyk it’s now!

“Get him before he realises how good he actually is, and he’s cocksure of himself as it is now. But this is now.

“Now Usyk has got to be smart, I don’t think he will worry about what Tony has got until Tony hits him flush once.

“Then he will realise this kid can hit a lot harder than what I thought. I just don’t think he respects what he has got in front of him.”

Khan vs Brook fight ‘all down to Amir’, Johnny Nelson tells talkSPORT

10 Sep

The hotly-anticipated fight between Amir Khan and Kell Brook is ‘all down’ to the Bolton-born fighter, according to former world champion Johnny Nelson.

Khan won his latest comeback bout on Saturday night, beating Samuel Vargas with a points victory, and the 31-year-old proceeded to call out Manny Pacquiao after the fight.

Khan recorded a comfortable victory on the judges’ scorecards

Brook was watching at ringside as Khan admitted: “I will take some time off, speak with Eddie Hearn and go from there. I want to fight again before the end of the year. I needed this kind of fight badly and I needed those 12 rounds.

“The only fight that works for me over Kell Brook is Manny Pacquiao. I want him, he is my number one pick. If not we go back to the drawing board and if it’s Kell Brook, it’s Kell Brook.”

Brook is ready to drop a weight division to fight Khan in a welterweight showdown, and talkSPORT has been told the only thing holding up a potential bout is Khan himself.

Former cruiserweight world champion Johnny Nelson joined the station to reveal Khan vs Brook WILL happen, as long as Khan wants the fight.

“He [Brook] has been the obvious one for a while,” Nelson said. “It’s a big-money fight, and it’s a stadium fight I believe.

“This is all down to Amir Khan. If Amir Khan wants the fight, the fight will happen, and that’s the only stumbling block in all of this.

Manny Pacquiao
Khan called out Pacquiao rather than Brook

“All roads lead to Kell Brook, but when he kept throwing Manny Pacquiao’s name into it I thought ‘I’m not getting excited about this until that contract has been signed, until that date has been set’.

“I’m not getting suckered into it, but I would so love to see it.”