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Chisora-Klitschko: Dereck’s speed, youth and power will wear Wladimir down

By Dave Lahr: IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) has a real problem on his hands with unbeaten Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KO’s), who he’ll be facing on April 30th, in Mannheim, Germany. Used to fighting at a slow, lethargic pace, Wladimir is going to be in for a big shock on 4/30 when the younger, faster and busier Chisora forces him to fight much harder than he’s accustomed.

It’s been seven years since Klitschko was put under a lot of pressure in his first fight with the hard hitting Lamon Brewster. Klitschko did well at first, but then fell apart under the pressure in the 5th round after getting hit with some hard left hooks to the head. Wladimir ended up crawling on his hands and knees to try and make it back to his feet after getting dropped by Brewster.

The referee had to stop the fight in order to save Wladimir from suffering further punishment. Wladimir simply couldn’t handle the fast pace that Brewster set out in that fight and he just melted, like he was being expose to the hot sun for too long of a time. Chisora will be putting the same kind of pressure on Wladimir on April 30th, and he won’t be slowed down by any of Wladimir’s clinching and holding tricks.

After the defeat to Brewster, Wladimir’s fighting style was re-tooled by his new trainer Emanuel Steward, who changed Wladimir from an offensive punching machine that sometimes would punch himself out to a punch and grab fighter. The new change worked wonders for Wladimir, because he’s been able to grab his opponents anytime they get near him to try and land something significant.

Chisora won’t allow Wladimir to get a free ride in this fight. If Wladimir wants to win this fight, he’s going to have to win it by letting his hands go and actually fighting. If he tries his old tricks with the clinching, Chisora is going to eat him alive with shots while being held. Chisora went to a different boxing school than Wladimir and his opponents.

Chisora doesn’t play nice and just give up when he’s grabbed. Chisora understands that if you have too hands free, you’re supposed to keep throwing punches. This means that if Wladimir wants to get any of his rest breaks against Chisora, he better be prepared to get belted at all times because he’s going to be getting lit up every time he grabs Chisora.


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