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Is Chisora better off with the Klitschko fight having been canceled?

Derek Chisora Wladimir KlitschkoBy William Mackay: While it may seem like a really big negative for unbeaten Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KO’s) to have his December 11th bout with IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) canceled because of Wladimir’s serious abdominal injury, it might not be that bad of a thing for the young 26-year-old Chisora. The biggest reason why Chisora is going to be alright form all of this is because he still has his British and Commonwealth titles, and he can go back to fighting at the domestic level without having suffered what likely would have been a humiliating defeat against Wladimir.

Chisora almost surely would have been dominated like a little kid on the schoolyard by Wladimir had the fight gone ahead and taken place. It would have been bad and that’s even with Chisora fighting his heart out. The class levels between them were monumental and there’s nothing that could get around that. But Chisora gained a lot from the media attention that he’s received by getting this close to the fight. Boxing fans now know who he is, and they may be more likely to pay attention to his future fights provided that he takes on someone with a recognizable name and with a pulse.

They’ll obviously quickly forget about him if he continues to take on the no names that he build his 14-0 record on during his career. The best thing for Chisora is that he can now continue to cultivate his career in Britain and maybe in two or three years if he keeps progressing, he might be able to fight for a title some day. I’m not holding my breath on that happening, because I see a lot of better heavyweights than him in the division, but he might get picked out by one of the heavyweight champions due to his now recognizable name.

But that would depend though on whether that champion would mind the trash that Chisora will likely talk in the run up of the fight. It’s not easy facing Chsora in these press conferences because he says whatever is on his mind and doesn’t seem to have any kind of qualms about saying whatever is going through his head at the moment. That might cause some champions to hesitate picking him unless they’re absolutely forced to fight him because he becomes the mandatory challenger. I think Chisora is good at hyping a fight with his trash talk, but it would depend on the champion whether he would want to be on the receiving end of Chisora’s sharp wit.


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