Chisora’s trainer thinks he’s in position for bigger things
By Scott Gilfoid: EBU heavyweight title holder Dereck Chisora (18-4, 12 KO’s) is in the position for some big fights, according to his trainer Don Charles. He sees the 29-year-old Chisora as being poised for some bigger fights, and he also sees him as being only 60 percent of what he could be. Chisora has recently beaten Malik Scott and Edmund Gerber. For his next fight, he’s doing backwards a bit in terms of talent to face little known Italian fighter Matteo Modugno (14-0, 8 KO’s) on November 30th at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London, UK.
Charles told Sky Sports “As European champion he’s got a brilliant platform to spring off of and he’s now at the level to challenge for bigger things. Dereck is a work in progress and tehre’s so much more to come from him I believe…I would say he’s 60 percent at the moment so there’s another 40 percent of improvement.”
I’d say that Chisora has foot firmly down on the accelerator pedal to his max capability. This is as good as Chisora can be right now from what I see of him, and I don’t see how he can improve other than losing 15-20 pounds of flab from his pudgy looking frame. Chisora is still the same fighter that was destroyed by David Haye, dominated by Tyson Fury, and out-boxed by an injured Vitali Klitschko and Robert Helenius. The only thing I can see is that they’ve backed Chisora off from facing quality opposition and have taken him backward against weaker heavyweights that he can actually beat. Chisora can beat the Gerbers, Scotts and Modugnos in the heavyweight division, but I think if you throw him in with the liked of Deontay Wilder, the Klitschkos and the Kubrat Pulevs, he’s going to get totally dominated and stopped. I also think Fury and Haye would both do a number on Chisora again if those fights were to get made.
I’d like to see Chisora matched against Mike Perez. I think that would be a good test to see where both of them are at. I doubt that Chisora would take that fight, because Perez is pretty tough and about the same height and frame as Chisora. He would basically outwork Chisora and given a royal beating. It would be a good chance for Chisora to show that he’s a world class type of a heavyweight and not just a Euro level guy, but I don’t see it happening.
As far as the big fights that Chisora can get, I just see it as him maybe getting a fight against Haye or Fury in 2-3 years, and that’s basically it. Chisora won’t get a fight against Fury or Haye in 2014, so I hope Chisora plans on staying busy defending his EBU strap against the little known opposition because he’s going to have to wait a long, long tine before Fury and Haye decide to fight him again.
If Chisora wants to get ranked in a hurry in the world rankings, he’ll face Perez to show what he can do. It would be a risky fight for Chisora because Perez looks like the vastly superior fighter, but there’s a chance that Perez will have been worn down from the huge shots he took in his recent win over Magomed Abdusalamov last Saturday night and won’t be ready for a war against Chisora.