Chisora says he doesn’t want to fight bums
By Sean McDaniel: British and Commonwealth champion Derek Chisora (14-0, 9 KO’s) will be taking on one of the most dangerous heavyweights in the world when he faces IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) on December 11th at the SAP-Arena, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Chisora, 26, has done very little to prove that he’s going to be able to stand in with Klitschko for any length of time. Chisora has an even shorter reach than recent Klitschko victim Eddie Chambers, who was unable to land hardly any of his shots because he didn’t have the long enough reach to hit Wladimir. And Lamon Brewster, one of the few that have stopped Wladimir in the past, has a three inch reach advantage over Chisora. So, in other words, Chisora is going to have to walk through a lot of heavy shots for him to get near enough to Klitschko to land his shots.
Speaking to thesun.co.uk, Chisora says “I like to fight the best because I’m in the fighting game. I’m looking to entertain, I don’t want to be fighting bums. If you’re not fighting the best, you’re short changing yourself. If I’m gonna get beat, and so far I haven’t, I want to get beat by the best.” The way that Chisora talks, he seems to be under the impression that he’s been fighting the best during his three year pro career. As far as I can tell, the only fighters that are recognizable on his resume – Danny Williams and Sam Sexton – are hardly the best. I guess you could call them the best if your focus is on just the UK, but if Chisora is talking about them being the best on the world level or even the European level, he needs to rethink that because he hasn’t been fighting, if that’s who he’s talking about.
To be sure, Chisora will be fighting the best now that he’s signed for the Klitschko bout, but he hasn’t been fighting the best up until now. Without the experience, and without the reach, hand speed or power, Chisora looks hopelessly over-matched in this fight. He made a strange comparison of his own skills to a list of really good fighters when he said “With me, it’s take a bit of Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, bit of Frank Bruno and Lennox Lewis, mix it up, man, and then you get me. Derek Chisora.” I think Chisora is really kidding himself if he thinks he’s anything like any of those aforementioned fighters. I see Chisora like John McDermott. That’s who he reminds me of. I don’t see Chisora anything like Holmes, Tyson, Bruno, Ali or Lewis. That’s almost comical.