Dereck Chisora: 'I nearly retired from boxing'

Dereck Chisora during a press conference on July 30, 2013
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European heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora reveals that he retired from boxing for two weeks after losing to David Haye last year.

European heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora has revealed that he came close to quitting boxing last year.

Chisora had been stopped inside five rounds by David Haye when he made the decision to retire from the sport, but the Brit returned to promoter Frank Warren 14 days later to say that he had changed his mind.

The 29-year-old told reporters: "After I lost to David Haye, most people don't know that I went away for a while and had to think long and hard about what I was going to do.

"Then I went to see Frank at his office, and said 'Frank, I don't want to fight any more'. And he was fine with that, he told me that he was always here for me though.

"I went away and kept thinking about it, though, and two weeks later, I went back to Frank and we signed a new contract."

Chisora has won his last three bouts to obtain the European strap, which he is currently preparing to defend against Matteo Modugno on November 30.

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