Heavyweight boxer Derek Chisora teams up with Nigel Farage to fight for Brexit

13 November 2019, 11:02

Brexit party leader Nigel Farage campaigning in Hartlepool this week
Brexit party leader Nigel Farage campaigning in Hartlepool this week. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Nigel Farage will be joined by boxer Derek Chisora on Wednesday as the Brexit Party leader hits the campaign trail.

Mr Farage has seen much media attention since his announcement on Monday that his party would not contest 317 Conservative-held seats in the upcoming General Election.

The Brexit Party leader has been warned by his long-term ally Arron Banks that he has limited time to "save Brexit," following the announcement.

Millionaire Eurosceptic Mr Banks urged Farage to pull candidates in marginal seats his party "can't win", and instead go for the "40 or so Labour seats where the Tories haven't got a hope."

He told Reuters: "There are 48 hours to save Brexit and save the country from a Corbyn government...

"Nigel has remade the Conservative Party in his own image, the Conservative Party is the Brexit Party."

He added: "The only way Brexit is going to get delivered is by a Boris majority."

The deadline for candidate nominations for the December 12 poll is Thursday.

Eurosceptic boxer Derek Chisora
Eurosceptic boxer Derek Chisora. Picture: PA

The unlikely pairing between boxer and politician is not a new one, Mr Farage meet the World Heavyweight Title Challenger previously during a video series for his YouTube channel.

In the video, Mr Farage describes the boxer as a "pretty committed Eurosceptic," and asks what the main thrust of his dislike for the EU was.

The boxer hit back saying "when people vote, it should be done," adding "the only people making it so difficult is the Londoners."

Chisora has used social media to post videos showing his support for leaving the EU, in one he can be seen outside the Houses of Parliament shouting "Brexit, Brexit, Brexit."

The Brexit Party won't be the only political group strapping on boxing gloves on Wednesday, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson will also be holding a campaign event in a boxing club.

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