Chisora says he and Haye will beat Wladimir and Vitali, because “We’re better athletes”
By William Mackay: British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KO’s) lost his temper with IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 45 KO’s) recently in Germany. Wladimir took issue with some of the comments that Chisora made about Shannon Briggs, and Wladimir said “I want you to give respect to the man [Briggs] because he deserves it.” While Wladiimir was still talking, an angry Chisora cut in on him, saying “I am going to come physically to take the titles off of you. I expect you to give me a better fight than your last opponents. He [Briggs] came to to get paid like the rest of the Americans. No, I won’t give respect to this man, because he has let down all of boxing. He’s an embarrassment to boxing. He should hang up his gloves. If I saw him myself, I’d slap his face. For him taking this fight and coming in and sparring with your brother. That was not a fight.” Wladimir then cut in and pointed out that Briggs had fought George Foreman. Chisora then cut up him off again, and said “You would never fill his shoes – you and your brother, because you made boxing stink. Me and David Haye and your brother, we’ll come out with victories because we’re better athletes than you and we love the passion of boxing.”
Chisora worked himself up a real lather. Wladimir, for his part, looked startled by Chisora’s fire and appeared to be trying a little not to make him even more made. It didn’t work, because Chisora was going straight for the throat in talking about how Wladimir makes “boxing stink.’ Now if Chisora can actually back up his bold talk in the ring. I’ve seen this before a million times where one person comes off fierce and you get the impression that they’re better than they are. And then when the fight actually happens, they get whipped badly and it’s not even a fight. Judging from the press conference, it looked like Chisora got the better of Wladimir and had him looking embarrassed and stumbling over his words.
The only problem is Chisora’s anger probably won’t amount to him being a better fighter on December 11th, unless he goes ballistic and starts fouling Wladimir like no tomorrow and literally scares to death. As for him and Haye beating Wladimir and Vitali, that doesn’t seem very realistic. Haye is a small heavyweight at only 6’2″ 217, and he’s going to be at a tremendous disadvantage against the Klitschkos. Chisora, only 6’1”, will be even worse off because he doesn’t hit hard and relies on throwing lots of punches to win. He does bob and weave like Joe Frazier, but he’s so small, I think he would be an inviting target for Wladimir’s left hooks. Wladimir looked worried though at how angry Chisora was. It was like he couldn’t predict what he would do. Chisora has done some wild things both in and out of the ring in the past. I guess Wladimir didn’t want to take any chances. He wouldn’t even look at Chisora while he was talking to him. That’s not a good sign.