Chisora may be Wladimir Klitschko’s next victim
By William Mackay: IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is really hurting for opponents to fight right now. Indeed, Wladimir is so much in need of an opponent to fight that it looks like he’s going to raid the UK to snatch up what could be their third best heavyweight in 26-year-old Derek Chisora (14-0, 9 KO’s).
This is a rather bizarre pick, if Wladimir does turn out to be fighting Chisora next. The word is that Wladimir wants Chisora for some reason, and Chisora obviously isn’t going to say no to a world title shot at this point, even if he hasn’t proven that he deserves a shot at Wladimir’s titles. At 6’1”, Chisora is around the same height as Samuel Peter, Wladimir’s last opponent whom he destroyed in 10 rounds on September 11th. Wladimir wants to fight once more before the end of the year and has penciled in the December 11th date as the day he wants to fight again.
A number of fighters have been mentioned as a possible opponent for Wladimir, such as David Tua, Denis Boytsov, Tomasz Adamek and Jean Marc Mormeck. It’s unclear what Wladimir is specifically looking for. Mormeck, 38, was a strong possibility but he reportedly wanted too much money. It’s doubtful that Chisora will be asking for a lot, given that he’s got very little experience and only has local heavyweight titles in his possession rather than world titles. Wladimir would like to fight British heavyweight and World champion David Haye, but he’s busy fighting fellow Brit Audley Harrison on November 13th, and can’t or won’t fight Wladimir anytime soon.
Chisora could make it interesting because he likes to attack in the same way that Peter and Lamon Brewster attacked Wladimir in the past. The one difference between Brewster, Peter and Chisora is that Brewster and Peter had big power in every shot they threw. Chisora is a fighter that doesn’t hit as hard and who needs to hit you a lot to take you out. Unfortunately, Chisora won’t get the opportunity to hit Wladimir a lot because of Chisora’s limited height and reach, and because he will be so busy getting hammered by Wladimir.
Chisora was hurt briefly by the light hitting Sam Sexton in his recent 9th round stoppage win in the Magnificent Seven card last weekend. Wladimir will be hitting Chisora a lot more often with bigger shots and I can’t see him holding up for long under those kinds of power shots without kissing the canvas. This is a mismatch, but then again so is Wladimir against any other heavyweight other his brother Vitali Klitschko.