Dereck Chisora…Oh Dear.
November 1, 2010
A few months ago, only the boxing cognoscenti would have heard of Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9KO), the current British Heavyweight Champion. But in a move that seems to typify the heavyweight division today, Chisora finds himself on the edge of making boxing history. On the 11th December, Chisora will fight Vladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49KO) with the latter’s IBF, IBO and WBO Heavyweight titles on the line.
How did this happen? How has Chisora found himself in this position? Well, the impressive wins over Danny Williams and Sam Sexton have helped, but it isn’t like Chisora has fought the best in the division yet. I would suggest that the reason Chisora has been given this opportunity is down to Mr David Haye.
David Haye versus any of the Klitschko brothers remains the only fight in the Heavyweight division that the average man on the street would want to watch. But with Haye taking the “easy” route by fighting Audley Harrison it would seem that any fight involving Haye and a Klitschko is at least 12 months away.
I would suggest that there are no other credible fighters for Vladimir to face, the American heavyweight scene is deader than the proverbial Dodo. David Tua (51-3, 43KO), the Samoan, is still on his comeback, but he’s 37 years old! While this vacuum of talent exists in the Heavyweight division, it’s not surprising that Chisora, a promising 26 year old, has been presented with this opportunity.
I think Klitschko is going to use Chisora to send a message to David Haye. Physically, the odds are stacked against the Briton with Chisora giving up 5 inches in height and 7 inches in reach. The fight also takes place in Germany, meaning that it’s unlikely that Chisora will get a decision, should some miracle occur that Chisora makes it to round 12.
Chisora is going to get a beating, a bad beating.
Prediction: Klitschko to carry Chisora for a few rounds, but I don’t see this one going past round 7.