Is Wladimir Klitschko fighting Chisora to position himself with the British public before facing Haye?
By Scott Gilfoid: For many boxing fans, they have no clue why IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) would want to waste his sweet time with a short, slightly overweight, inexperienced fighter like Britain’s Derek Chisora (14-0, 9 KO’s). Klitschko, 34, is looking to fight the 26-year-old Chisora.
It’s a choice right out of a Rocky movie, only instead of Chisora coming through with a miracle 12 round draw with Wladimir, he’s likely going to be suffering a humiliating 3rd or 4th round knockout loss. I can’t see what the upside is in facing slow, weak-punching, stationary fighter like Chisora unless Klitschko is trying to show the British public how devastating he can be when matched with weak fodder.
It’s a move that could help Klitschko get more attention in the British public before a fight with Britain’s David Haye. The only hole in that logic is that Haye may never man up and fight Klitschko. It could really backfire on Klitschko if he destroys Chisora too easily.
Instead of getting Haye in the ring, it could have the opposite effect on him, making him continue to focus on guys like Audley Harrison, John Ruiz, and Monte Barrett. Klitschko would certainly impress the British boxing fans if he blows out the short, heavy Chisora in a few rounds, but what good will it be if Klitschko still can’t get Haye in the ring?
With Haye making huge money to fight guys like Ruiz and Harrison, he almost doesn’t need the aggravation of fighting Wladimir or his brother WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Of course, Haye would take major heat from boxing fans in the form of unending criticism if he doesn’t face the Klitschkos, but he can always say that the Klitschkos wanted too much money, and his many fans would likely give him a pass.
As such, it’s a gamble for Klitschko to be facing Chisora, because it could end up being a wasted fight if Haye still doesn’t agree to fight him after watching Klitschko annihilate Chisora.
But on the other hand, Klitschko will still get good money for beating up on the easy to hit and slightly pudgy Chisora. The Germans will love to watch Klitschko beat up on anybody, and in this case they would probably get to see one of Klitschko’s rare early knockouts.
I can see Wladimir knocking Chisora out in spectacular fashion with a single left or right hand early in the fight. He’ll probably stun Chisora first with a right hand, and then take him out with a big left hook.
Sam Sexton staggered Chisora in their recent fight on September 18th, and Chisora kind of froze for a second after getting hit with a right hand. Sexton isn’t a big puncher, but that kind of gives you an idea what Klitschko would do to Chisora.