By News Team
Last Updated: 27th October 2020
Dereck Chisora is arguably one of the top boxers in the sport. He has fought some of the biggest names on the scene and, he has proven he is incredibly tough and has the tools required to give the best a serious test.
Chisora can give as much as he can take. Punches that would see another man crash to the canvas don’t seem to hurt Chisora as much as they should. He’s both won and lost a fair share of fights, so he’s seen the highs and lows in boxing, and this experience makes him a very tough opponent.
Name: Dereck Chisora
Nationality: United Kingdom
Height: 6’ 1½”
Professional record: 32-9-0
In early 2012, Chisora gave away six inches in height and reach when challenging Vitali Klitschko. A fight wrapped in controversy, the build-up to the night sparked interest from sports fans across the globe. Chisora, who is no stranger to doing controversial things in the build-up and also in the ring, slapped the champion in the face during the weigh-in causing tensions to boil.
There was more controversy prior to the bell when Klitschko’s team insisted that Chisora’s wraps be removed and reapplied, delaying the fight by 30 minutes.
The fight was well-matched during the early stages, with both men landing shots and Chisora starting well. As the rounds progressed, Chisora started taking punches from the champion and was bleeding by the fourth and seemingly in trouble. The fight continued as per the previous rounds, though Klitschko looked to be tiring slightly.
Although losing the fights on points, the Brit showed the heart of a lion and his performance impressed many.
This fight was firmly built-up from the antics that took place outside of the ring. Both men threw a barrage of insults at each other in the months leading up to the fight which made for a gripping rivalry. With each insult, the tension built until the post-bout press conference. Chisora and Haye had a brawl which led to the former getting his license revoked.
The fight between the two still took place and was a great contest. Both men traded blows after a cautious start in the opening rounds, but Chisora was knocked down twice in the duration of the bout. He got up after the second, but the referee intervened and gave the fight to Haye by TKO.
Although not Chisora’s greatest showing, it was surely one of his bigger fights due to the sheer intensity of the rivalry and the way the fight was staged.
Tyson Fury II
In what was the final eliminator to determine who would face Wladimir Klitschko for the WBO Heavyweight Title, Chisora would once again cross paths with the Gypsy King, Tyson Fury. Fury had won their first bout in 2011 by a unanimous decision, but Chisora was determined to make amends.
Chisora opened the bout with some impressive body shots but Fury returned hitting the target. Fury worked the jab well while continuing to take body shots from Chisora as his ribs begun reddening. Chisora continued to take punches from Fury and his face begun to look unrecognisable towards the latter stages of the fight. It was another valiant effort from Del Boy, but ultimately, he had to pull out before the 11th round leaving Fury to celebrate in front of those who stayed to watch the fight unfold.
Next Fight: Oleksandr Usyk
Oleksandr Usyk is highly regarded as one of the best boxers in the world and recently reigned as the undisputed cruiserweight champion before making the jump up to heavyweight in 2019. As an amateur, Usyk won gold medals at both the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics. He’s a serious competitor with 17 wins, 13 coming by way of knockout and will be a more than challenging opponent to Chisora.
Although he is undefeated, Usyk has only had one bout at heavyweight – beating Chazz Witherspoon inround seven . Although new to the division, he is heavy favourite at 1/8 to beat the Britsh fighter and based on what we’ve seen in the cruiserweight division, he has the ability to outbox anyone on his day. He is 15/8 to win by unanimous decision.
Chisora has been around the block and shared a ring with the some of boxings best to date. Although he’s struggled against the best, he’s never laid down and has continued to produce good performances. Given this as well as Usyk’s flourishing reputation, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Chisora goes into the bout as the 5/1 outsider.