Haye thinks Chisora isn’t ready for Klitschko
By Scott Gilfoid: In the latest boxing news, WBA heavyweight champion David Haye doesn’t feel that British heavyweight Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KO’s) is ready to beat IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s), who the 26-year-old Chisora will be taking on in December on the 11th at the SAP-Arena, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Speaking to the BBC.co.uk, Haye said “I hope he [Chisora] can pull it off but he’s neither physically or mentally ready. British level and world level is a completely different sport. Maybe if Dereck had won a European title and defended that three or four times against good caliber opposition and fought some world ranked fighters, potentially he’d have a shot.” But he’s had no real amateur pedigree, had only 14 fights against journeyman and the best he’s won is the British title, which is no bad thing.”
It’s worse than that, I’m afraid. Chisora is just too small and slow to beat Wladimir. It doesn’t matter if he was to be matched against 10 European level fighters. What’s the point? All Chisora would be casing is guys like Albert Sosnowski and the like. Fighting them is no preparation for Wladimir Klitschko and if Chisora were to fight three or four world level fighters, he’d probably get beaten every time unless it was against hand-picked opponents.
Currently, Chisora is ranked number #10 by the World Boxing Organization, but I see that was an inflated ranking because I don’t feel that Chisora is a better heavyweight than Samuel Peter, Eddie Chambers and Chris Arreola. I see all three of those fighters beating Chisora, yet the WBO has Chisora ranked above them for some bizarre reason. I see Chisora as a bottom feeder in the top tier. I’m being kind by ranking him dead last in the top 15, because I think in terms of overall heavyweights, he’d not a top 15 guy. He makes it in the top 15 with the thinned out talent in the different sanctioning bodies but I don’t see him as a top 15 heavyweight overall.
I have Chisora down below the 20 spot. And this isn’t something is going to change in time, because I don’t see much of an upside with Chisora. I mean, I don’t see him getting much better than he is now. Actually, I see Chisora getting worse from here on out because he’s already chunky, and he’s probably going to get heavier as he ages. His power will stay the same, and he’s not a huge puncher. He’ll lose his speed and become easier to hit as he gets closer to 30.
I don’t see him ever being able to compete with the Klitschkos, and he can’t wait them out because this will be his only shot against Wladimir. He won’t be getting another chance unless he does something special like get active and start taking on and beating the top contenders in the division. I don’t see that happening in this lifetime. Heck, Haye isn’t even taking on the top guys. He’s only faced a paper champion Nikolay Valuev, John Ruiz, who many people think didn’t belong ranked at number #1, and 38-year-old Monte Barrett. That’s the extent of Haye’s opposition at heavyweight. He’s not one to talk because he really hasn’t taken on anyone, and his fight against 38-year-old Audley Harrison is more of the same. You could put Haye and Chisora in the same boat.
Haye says “It’s going to be a hard, hard night’s work for him [Chisora]. He’s got all the attributes – quick hands, he’s young and fresh – but you need to be seasoned to be up against the Klitschkos.” I disagree with Haye. Chisora looks slow to me, and throws wide punches that leaves him open for punches down the middle. He’s already short and giving up close to eight inches in reach, and he makes it worse with his wide shots and his lack of hand speed. The guy isn’t fast and he’s not a big puncher. This is going to be a slaughter.