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Chisora dedicating fight to Thatcher

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Dereck Chisora plans to dedicate his victory against Hector Alfredo Avila to late former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, should he beat the Argentinian on Saturday.

The Zimbabwe-born British heavyweight, fighting for the first time since being stopped in five rounds by David Haye in July 2012, trains in North London and told promoter Frank Warren he was keen to pay tribute to the late Conservative Party leader, who served as MP for the gym's constituency until 1992.

Asked if he was serious, Chisora said: "Yes - she was a very powerful woman, I liked her. I would have voted for her. I only found out the other day she was the MP for Finchley."

The declaration carries an added edge given that Chisora is facing an Argentinian opponent. Thatcher was Prime Minister when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands in 1982, which sparked the Falklands War.

Chisora insists he has taken steps to curb his erratic behaiour after regaining his BBBC licence in March, having had it taken away after brawling with David Haye in a press conference following his points defeat by Vitali Klitschko in Munich in 2012.

"I'm on my last chance, but that don't concern me," Chisora added. "I talk to a shrink. I actually enjoy it, but it costs too much money - it's like £250 a session! It's good though, the whole nation should be on it."

Warren, whose 'Rule Britannia' fight card also features WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly's fifth title defence against Kosovo's Robin Krasniqi, believes victory for Chisora could quickly set up another fight date this summer.

"Chisora's fighting an Argentinian and he's told me he's going to win this and dedicate the victory to Margaret Thatcher," he said. "Then we'll look for a big fight for him on June 15 in London."

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