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News – Warren Looking to Set Up Chisora-Williams Bout

Danny Williams Derek ChisoraBy Dave Lahr: According to, promoter Frank Warren is hoping to set up a bout between BBBofC British heavyweight champion Danny Williams (41-7, 31 KOs) and unbeaten British heavyweight prospect Derek Chisora (9-0, 5 KOs) for a possible bout on June 27th at the O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), in Greenwich, London. On paper this might not be a bad fight. However, Chisora hasn’t fought anyone nearly as good as Danny Williams at this point in Chisora’s career and it would seem like a hasty move for him to be rushed into a fight with a puncher like Williams.

Chisora, 25, a former 2006 ABA Super heavyweight champion, has limited height at 6’1″ and is pudgy at 258. Despite his proportions, he has little in the way power and depends mostly on his jab to do the brunt of his work. Chisora also doesn’t have much hand speed to fall back on, and is one of the slower heavyweight prospects that I’ve seen coming up.

I don’t think he’s ready for a fighter like Williams, even though Danny is clearly flawed and on the downside of his career. Chisora has technical problems with his offense and seems to throw his right hand from the waist rather than the shoulder area, which takes away any power that he might be able to generate if he were punching correctly.

Perhaps this is why Chisora has looked so weak in many of his fights. The combination of Chisora throwing his right hands from his waist and his poor hand speed seems to make it hard for him to land his right hands. He ends up having to rely way too much on his jab to control his fights.

His jab is quite good, although not as powerful as Williams’ excellent jab. Chisora does throw his jab often and isn’t shy about firing it off numerous times per round. However, Chisora has far fewer tools to use than Williams due to Chisora’s nonexistent power.

At 25, I can’t see Chisora being anything better than a regional fighter, and far lesser one than Williams has been. Unfortunately for Chisora, he’s come about at the wrong time in British boxing, as there are much bigger and arguably talented heavyweight prospects such as Tyson Fury and David Price, both of which appear to have much better talent and power than Chisora has. I can’t see Chisora lasting long against either of those two guys because of their much better power and size.

Although I can’t blame Warren for wanting him to fight Williams, since it’s a quick way to establish some attention for Chisora, I can’t see it as being something that will have a lasting effect. Chisora will likely be beaten badly once he faces someone like Fury or Price.

However, I don’t think that Chisora will be able to beat Williams either due to Chisora’s lack of offense. Williams will use his jab and right hands to control the fight, and win by a point’s decision. Chisora doesn’t have the kind of power or hand speed to give Williams any problems, so I see Chisora getting beaten. Williams has the better boxing ability, and much better power in this one.

It seems like a risky gamble for a fighter as green as Chisora to be put into. However, like I said, I can’t blame Warren for wanting this fight for him. It may be his only chance of getting his 15 minutes of fame before Price and Fury take over.

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