Vitali: I’ll make sure I arrange a wake-up call for Chisora on Feb 18th
By Jim Dower: WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO’s) was pleasantly amused with the bravado coming from challenger Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KO’s) in their press conference today in Munich, Germany to promote their February 18th clash at the Olympihalle, in Munich, Germany.
Chisora was selected by Vitali for his 8th title defense after former World Boxing Association heavyweight champion David Haye failed to accept Vitali’s offer for the fight.
Chisora, coming off of an impressive performance against Robert Helenius earlier this month on December 3rd, said “I know my opponent and I know he hasn’t seen anything like me. They call him Doctor here and I call myself the most dangerous plague in the world. It will be the shock of his life.”
Vitali, laughing at the bluster coming from Chisora, said “He sounds confident and that is good. I will arrange a wakeup call so he can make the fight on time. After our meeting there will be no questions.”
Although Chisora should have gotten the win in his fight against top contender Helenius, facing Vitali is a much different situation. He hits harder than Helenius and doesn’t need to load up the way that Helenius does in order to throw hard punches. Vitali has adapted his style as he’s aged to where he throws a lot of arm punches but with excellent power.
Vitali’s not punching with the power of his younger brother IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, but he’s still hitting very hard and often. Chisora is likely to get worn down from the constant thudding punches from Vitali in this fight. I would be surprised if Chisora can remain on his feet the entire 12 rounds. He’s got a good chin, as we saw in his loss to Tyson Fury earlier this year, but he’s going to get hit a lot in this fight.
Chisora’s head movement will keep Vitali from blowing him out immediately, but Vitali will be focusing on just connecting often. He won’t be putting full force into his shots because he won’t want to exhaust himself by missing. But all the same, Chisora is going to get hit an awful in this fight and is going to likely get busted up.