Vitali: I still need to punish Chisora; I want to knock him out
By Jason Kim: Despite having already soundly beaten British heavyweight Dereck Chisora last weekend by a fairly lopsided 12 round unanimous decision in Munich, Germany, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko is interested in giving Chisora a rematch so that he can try and knock him out this time. Vitali wanted to punish Chisora badly for having slapped him during the weigh-in and for spitting in the face of brother IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Unfortunately, Vitali injured his left arm to the point where he could no longer use it for anything other than pushing off from the 3rd round on, and he had to battle him using his right hand alone. As it turns out, that was more than enough to pound out a decision for Vitali. But he looked exhausted in the last four rounds of the fight and took more shots in this fight than any other since his loss to Lennox Lewis in 2003. Vitai’s face was completely unmarked after the fight and he looked like someone who had gone on a long job rather than having fought for 12 grueling rounds.
Vitali said this to thesun.co.uk “My brain tells me that I do not need a rematch, but my ego, deep inside me, is telling me in no uncertain terms that this guy still needs real punishment from me. I would like to knock him out in the ring. I still have this score to settle.”
Bernd Boente, doesn’t want Vitali to face Chisora again, and instead prefers that he move forward to take on some of the other counters in the division. A rematch with Chisora might be impossible to put together if Chisora losses his boxing license to fight in the UK and and if the German Boxing Federation bans him from ever being able to fight in Germany again. Both of those things are very real possibilities for Chisora given his post fight brawl with David Haye and the threats he made immediately following the fight. If Vitali wants the rematch with Chisora, he might have to settle for it taking place in a different country like Switzerland or the U.S if Chisora gets banned.
Vitali is not expected to be back in the ring until September, as his badly injured left shoulder will need eight weeks to heal and after that he’ll need to time to get in shape and put together his next fight. Vitali needs to make sure his shoulder is completely healed if he’s going to fight Chisora again because the British heavyweight is an excellent pressure fighter and is a lot more stout than Vitali. Chisora seemed like the stronger and better conditioned fighter last Saturday. What Chisora lacked was height, reach and hand speed. However, even without those things, he landed with a better connect percentage than Vitali and almost landed as many punches as him.