Warren sees Klitschko as a very tough fight for Chisora
By Scott Gilfoid: Although promoter Frank Warren doesn’t come out and make a pick in the December 11th fight between his fighter Derek Chisora (14-0, 9 KO’s) in his title bout against IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s), you can tell Warren is concerned about this being a big step up for the 26-year-old Chisora to be taking after only 14 fights as a pro.
In an article at Sky Sports News, Warren says “It’s a tough, tough fight for Derek because Klitschko is the best heavyweight in the world. He’s the most dominant in the division and has been since Lennox Lewis, but if desire, heart and guts win fights, then Derek can win. As far as the bookmakers go, there are upsets otherwise the word wouldn’t be in the dictionary. Derek has the confidence go go out there and do it. He has got great sparring and nothing to lose, but everything to gain. Of course, I’d rather he’d had a few more fights first and maybe it’s come a bit too soon, but he’s been driving me around the bend asking, ‘Do you believe I can win.’ It’s a hard fight but I believe he can do it. Win, lose or draw, he’ll get great experience from this and it could bring something out of him.”
It’s true, this could bring something out of Chisora, but I don’t think it will. I don’t see Chisora lasting long enough for him to learn anything valuable. Chisora was having problems with the jabs from the 6’3″ Sam Sexton, who is like a kid compared to Wladimir. And I didn’t like how Sexton had Chisora hurt in their fight when he hit him with a hard shot. Sexton is kind of pudgy, and doesn’t punch nearly as hard as Wladimir and some of the other top heavyweights. Chisora may have heart, guts and whatever you want to call it, but you need talent and I think he is well short of that. Chisora doesn’t have the physical tools. He wasn’t blessed with huge size, fast hands or big power. He’s short at 6’1″, kind of rounded and overweight looking, slow of hand, and not a big puncher. He has to hit you a lot to take you out.
No one hits Wladimir very punch because he’s so tall, and his jab and left hook are so good. It’s going to be like a matador steering a little slow moving bull. Chisora doesn’t punch right. The way he throws punches from around the waist seems to rob him off power. I don’t know why but he doesn’t seem to be able to lift his arms all the way to the shoulder area when throwing power punches. I think he would be a much better puncher if he threw his shots with better form. But never the less, he’s going to get the stuffing beaten out of him.
Wladimir is not just one level above Chisora, I see him at least two or three levels. Chisora is like a B level local fighter, fighting on the local scene and still not having proven that he’s the best in the UK. And now he’s being put in with the best heavyweight in the world. This is going to be a total slaughter. I’m not even sure that Chisora can beat Tyson Fury and John McDermott.