Heavyweight Chisora signs with Team Sauerland

Dereck Chisora, left, signed with Team Sauerland ad will fight in Germany on Saturday. Scott Heavey/Getty Images

British heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora, who recently parted ways with longtime promoter Frank Warren, signed with Germany’s Team Sauerland, which announced the deal Sunday.

The 31-year-old Chisora (22-5, 14 KOs), a former European champion, will make his debut with Team Sauerland against an opponent to be named on Saturday at the Inselparkhalle in Hamburg, Germany.

“I’m excited to be working with the Sauerlands,” Chisora said. “This is a start of a new chapter for me. I’ve got a whole new team around me and I’m looking forward to getting back in the mix starting on Dec. 5. I’m fit, I'm focused and ready to rock 'n' roll.”

Chisora had a world title shot in 2012 but lost a unanimous decision to then-titleholder Vitali Klitschko. Two of his other defeats were to newly-crowned world champion Tyson Fury, who outpointed him in a 2007 British and Commonwealth title fight and stopped him in the 10th round last November in the title elimination fight that earned Fury his shot against Wladimir Klitschko.

Since the rematch loss to Fury, Chisora has won two bouts in a row.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Dereck to the team,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “The heavyweight scene is thriving at the moment and I believe he still has a big part to play in this. I’ve been impressed with his attitude. The determination and desire is still there and I expect him to be back challenging for titles in the new year.”