Derek Chisora crashing weddings to keep busy during camp for Joseph Parker fight

Derek Chisora has been crashing weddings to keep himself busy between training sessions as he prepares to crush Joseph Parker.

The British heavyweight has teamed up with Yorkshire-based trainer Dave Coldwell which has meant a move up north for the Londoner.

Chisora, 37, has been staying at the Wortley Hall hotel near Sheffield as he is training in Rotherham with Coldwell.

And the restless heavyweight who usually potters about busy London streets when he’s bored has found a new hobby to keep himself entertained between sessions in the gym.

“This is my domain,” said the veteran fighter.

“They have weddings here all the time, they have 140 here a year and I’ve probably gate crashed a few of those weddings.

“It keeps myself occupied. Rotherham has been nice, Sheffield has been nice. All I do is train and I come back and eat my food and rest, then go training again.

“The guests love it – they say ‘Oh my God, come to our wedding, come to our wedding, come cut the cake’. They love me!

“Who doesn’t want a boxer at their wedding?

“I was meant to pack a suit but I thought ‘you can take me as I am with my tracksuit bottoms’.

“What’s the craziest thing I’ve done at the weddings? I kissed the bride… but on the cheek.”

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Chisora has been enjoying life up in Yorkshire but, at 37, and with 11 defeats in his 43 outings it is hard to see how he can reignite his career in a rematch with Parker.

The Kiwi outpointed the Zimbabwe-born Brit in a rather eventless bout when they met back in May at Manchester Arena, the same venue where they’ll renew hostilities this weekend.

Chisora is adamant he should have got the decision against the former WBO heavyweight champion but a lot has changed for him since.

He has moved on from manager David Haye and signed with Anthony Joshua’s 258 group.

While Coldwell, who he previously worked with, has come in as trainer again.

“They always say you don’t finish learning, you learn every day and if you don’t want to learn then you’re a fool,” said Chisora.

“I’ve come to Dave to learn more. I went to the gym and told him I don’t come with ego, I will ask you questions like I’m a five year old.

“He understood that.

“He is teaching me the way to box for my age now, which is the right thing. I’m not sparring older guys, I’m sparring younger guys who are trying to take my head off.

“It’s exciting times for me right now.”

Del Boy continues to insist retirement is not on the table despite heading into this weekend on the back of two defeats after a career which is now nearing the end of its 14th year.

Chisora added: “You are going to see so much change, I’m going to go for a stoppage this time.”

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