Dereck Chisora fighting this Saturday at Wembley Arena, London, UK
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Dereck Chisora (21-5, 14 KOs) will be fighting this Saturday night in a scheduled 10 round bout against an opponent still to be determined on the undercard of the Buglioni vs. Chudinov – ‘Man vs. Machine’ card at the Wembley Arena in London, UK.
Chisora, 31, is still trying to crawl his way back to the top of the heavyweight rankings after getting stopped in the 10th round by Tyson Fury last November in their WBO heavyweight title eliminator bout. Chisora, 6’1,” was never competitive at all against Fury in that fight, and it ended badly for him.
Chisora rebounded from that loss to defeat an obscure fighter named Beqa Lobjanidze in beating him by a 1st round knockout last July. The fact that Chisora was pulled so far back in terms of opposition after his loss suggests that there was a need to take Chisora back to the beginning levels of competition.
Chisora of course proved that he can beat that type of fighter, but it didn’t solve the question of what he’s going to do in the future with his career. Chisora can fight fodder opponent after fodder opponent like he was doing after his loss to Vitali Klitschko in 2012, but he’s going to run into the same wall that stopped him in the Fury fight. In other words, Chisora can beat the 2nd and 3rd tier fodder opposition, but he just can’t seem to beat the better fighters in the 1st tier. There are levels in boxing, and Chisora has found his level over and over again each time he’s been beaten.
“I want to get back into title contention ASAP and I want someone in the world top ten as soon as possible,” Chisora said to Boxnation.com. “Presently, I’m in a great situation. I’m a big name with five losses on my record. Suddenly people will get bold and finally agree to fight me,’ he says.
Chisora is going to need to beat someone really good in the top 10 for him to get back into world title contention because right now he’s not ranked at all in the top 15 by any of the boxing sanctioning bodies. Chisora’s fight this Saturday night will only be his second fight since his loss to Fury in November of last year.
Fighting two times a year probably isn’t going to get the job done for Chisora. If he wants another world title shot, I’m thinking he’s going to need to fight more like a contender rather than a champion.
Chisora is going to need to fight four to five times a year instead of twice a year like world champions typically do. With Chisora’s odd behavior that he exhibited in his fight with Vitali Klitschko in 2012, I can’t see any of the heavyweight champions picking him out in a voluntary defense.
I think Chisora will need to work his way into a #1 mandatory sport with one of the boxing organizations. For Chisora to accomplish that, he’ll likely need to show that he can beat a top five contender to get to the No.1 sport. Chisora failed when he was ranked #1 by the WBO and was beaten by Fury.
I can definitely see Chisora failing again if he has to face a good contender. I guess what I’m saying is I don’t see Chisora getting a shot at a world title unless one of the champions chooses to pick him out in one of their voluntary defenses, and I don’t see that happening. In other words, I don’t see Chisora getting another world title shot.
The only way I can see him getting another title shot is if one of the sanctioning bodies has some awful contender ranked in the top five or top 10 that they let Chisora fight for the mandatory sport. Under those kinds of circumstances, I can see Chisora picking up the mandatory sport.
Chisora is interested in fighting the winner of the Anthony Joshua vs. Dillian Whyte fight or against EBU heavyweight champion Erkan Teper. I’m sorry but I can’t see Chisora beating any of those three heavyweights. Teper, Whyte and Joshua simply are too big and hit too hard for small heavyweight like Chisora.
The official fights for Saturday’s Chudinov-Buglioni ‘Man vs. Machine’ card:
Fedor Chudinov vs. Frank Buglioni
Ahmet Patterson vs. Danny Butler
Ryan Walsh vs. Samir Mouneimne
Lewis Pettitt vs. Bobby Jenkinson
Bradley Skeete vs. Mark Thompson
Romeo Romaeo vs. Chris Adaway
Jamie Kavanagh vs. Michael Mooney
Ediz Hussein vs. Lewis Jones
Jamie Cox vs. TBA
Dereck Chisora vs. TBA
Gary Corcoran vs. TBA
Boy Jones vs. TBA
Billy Long vs. TBA
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