MANNHEIM, GERMANY // Wladimir Klitschko, the current holder of three heavyweight belts, believes challenger Dereck Chisora is a better fighter than David Haye - Chisora at least shows up for fights.
Chisora will challenge Klitschko for his IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles on Saturday, while Haye has pulled out of offers to fight either Wladimir or his older brother Vitali, the WBC champion.
Chisora has only 14 fights behind him, all wins, but the British fighter dismissed Klitschko as a boxer who has mainly fought "taxi drivers."
Klitschko said Chisora was an underestimated fighter "with pretty good skills" but left little doubt during a news conference yesterday that the Ukrainian expected to deliver a beating in his 19th title defence.
"As a boxer, he's got pretty good skills, determination," Klitschko said. "He's a very busy fighter, so there will be a lot of action on Saturday. But as a person, he is horrible."
Chisora thanked the Klitschko clan for giving his the opportunity to fight for the title. But at the same time, he insulted Klitschko's trainer, Emanuel Steward, and later went on a long tirade about which of the two fighters had the prettier girlfriend.
Though Haye has pulled out of offers to fight either Klitschko, he issued another challenge after his one-sided win over Audley Harrison recently.
Chisora said Wladimir has been picking up weak opponents in chalking up a 55-3 record, with 49 KOs, a fighter no one wants pay to watch in Las Vegas.
"You tried to buy greatness but you are not great," he said, as Klitschko sat next to him without showing any emotion. "It's time for you to have a proper fight."
"He is on the way down and I am on the way up. He's never boxed anyone like me. I am young, I move on my feet, I am fast. I am a different heavyweight," Chisora said. "I am here to take the title back to Britain."
Responding to comments that Chisora is inexperienced for a major title fight, his trainer Don Charles said: "How do you get experience? By doing the task."
"He's got the style to do it," Charles said of his fighter's chances of upsetting the younger Klitschko brother.
Chisora gives up 12cm to the 1.97metre-tall Klitschko and is seven years younger than the 34-year-old Ukrainian.
Chisora's last fight was a ninth-round TKO over fellow Briton Sam Sexton on September 18, while Klitschko knocked out Samuel Peter in the 10th round one week earlier.
Steward said Klitschko had been upset by Chisora's "disrespectful" pre-fight rhetoric.
"You are going to see a much more aggressive Wladimir," Steward said.