No jail time for Chisora, Klitschko fight good to go
By Eric Thomas: British and Commonwealth champion Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KO’s) got some good news earlier today when he received a suspended sentence for assault on his ex-girlfriend. According to Guardian.co.uk, the 26-year-old Chisora received a 12 week suspended sentence for two years for the “humiliating assault.”
Chisora also has to pay £1,500 in compensation and £500 costs and do 150 hours of community work. Chisora found text messages on his ex-girlfriends phone, and then spanked her.
Had Chisora received jail time for the assault, he would have missed out on a career high payday against International Boxing Federation/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) on December 11th. This is a huge fight for Chisora, because it will be his first fight against a top tier fighter and it will also give him a lot of visibility worldwide.
Judge Quentin Purdy said: “Your behaviour on 28 May was disgraceful and downright humiliating. You used violence on this young lady and then to heap ignominy on her you turned her over and slapped her on the bottom repeatedly.”
Chisora is taking a big step up in competition in facing Klitschko. Before this fight, Chisora has been facing only domestic level competition in the UK. He recently defeated Sam Sexton by a 9th round stoppage in September. Before that, Chisora’s best win came against 37-year-old Danny Williams in May of this year, stopping him in the 2nd round with a furious assault.
Chisora is going to have to storm Klitschko early if he’s to have any chance at beating him. At 6’1” 244 pounds, Chisora is going to be giving up a lot of size to the 6’6” Klitschko. Chisora has only 14 fights under his belt and he’s lacking in experience. It’s difficult to tell which is worse – Chisora’s lack of size or his lack experience going into the Klitschko bout. Either way, it’s a bad combination coming into the fight against the heavyweight who many boxing fans feel is the number #1 fighter in the world at that weight.