Derek Chisora vs Malik Scott Preview
By Peter Wells (twitter- @boxingbrains): The ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ story continues for Derek ‘DelBoy’ Chisora tonight as the Londoner known more for his out of the ring madness than his in the ring serenity, takes on unbeaten heavyweight prospect Malik Scott.
Three defeats in a row may have broken the sanest of fighters, but Chisora’s dual personality has ensured through it all he’s remained calm. Like Nate Robinson on the basketball court, Chisora never lacks self confidence and always insists to himself that he is on fire, no matter how bad things get.
While Chisora’s career has been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride, Malik Scott’s better resembles that of a merry-go-round. Apart from one draw on his record – when Scott looked the clear winner – in his last bout, the Philadelphian boxer has had everything go his way – albeit against very poor opposition.
It isn’t easy to define Scott’s best win, but Bowie Tupou’s record suggest he would be the one – although Tupou’s record does not justify just how poor he was that night.
On the other hand ‘DelBoy’ has a whole heap of recognisable names on his record – names that most none boxing fans would recognise. While all those defeated Chisora – Tyson Fury (L UD), Robert Helenius (L SD), Vitali Klitschko (L UD) & David Haye (L TKO 5), he still has good wins on his resume – Sam Sexton (W TKO 9), Danny Williams (W TKO 2) & Carl Baker (W TKO 2).
One must also take into consideration that vs Fury, Chisora was in terrible shape and most fans who watched Chisora vs Helenius believed that Chisora deserved the decision, but Helenius was awarded a generous hometown decision.
While Chisora is a throw-back heavyweight, standing just 6ft 1inch, Scott although only 6ft 4inches, has the look of a new-generation heavyweight.
Scott enjoys fighting at his own slow and easy-going pace, while Chisora is rugged and tries to force the action at all times. David Haye made a very good point in Boxing News, that the one who makes the other fight his fight will win.
For me that fighter will be Malik Scott. Chisora will have success in spurts at finding his way onto the inside, but Scott has enough boxing ability to pick Chisora off with head-snapping punches before diverting in different directions. But like I said earlier, Chisora will not once lose belief, and even if he comes out of this fight as the loser, don’t expect this colourful character to think he’s still not world class.