By Scott Gilfoid: It does not seem to have hurt British Dereck Chisora (24-5, 16 KOs) that he was recently stopped by Tyson Fury a year ago by a 10th round stoppage.
Chisora, 32, has rebuilt his career with four straight wins over fodder opposition and he’s now in the position to pretty much take his pick for nice paying fights against the likes of EBU heavyweight champion Robert Helenius (22-0, 13 KOs), British/Commonwealth strap holder Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) and the recently beaten Dillian Whyte (16-1, 13 KOs).
If it were only so easy for other fighters in the heavyweight division to rebuild their careers after suffering similar defeats, it would be great. Kalle Sauerland, the promoter for Chisora, says he’s interested in matching him up against Helenius next for the EBU title.
“At the moment, we’re looking to go down the EBU route because he’s a mandatory challenge to Helenius but there are some big domestic fights to be had, too,” Sauerland said to skysports.com. “There is the Anthony Joshua fight and the Dillian Whyte fight. Both those guys put on a great show when they fought each other.”
Instead of wasting time looking to face Helenius in a smaller money fight, Chisora and Sauerland should be trying to get a fight against Joshua if it’s there. The money for a fight like that has got to be much better than a rematch with Helenius. We’re probably talking about the Joshua-Chisora fight winding up on Sky Box Office pay-per-view, as that seems to be the route that Eddie Hearn is going to be taking Joshua from now on with most of his fights. Joshua’s recent fight against Whyte brought in a massive amount of pay-per-view buys in bringing in over 400,000 buys.
Chisora fought on the undercard of the Joshua-Whyte fight and easily defeating little known fighter Jakov Gospic by a 3rd round knockout. Chisora looked like he was in a sparring exhibition, as he fought at a snail’s pace in the fight.
It was embarrassing to watch, as it was such a horrible, horrible mismatch. For a fighter as far along in his career as the 32-year-old Chisora is, it just a dreadful match-up. It’s like someone in college suddenly being put back in grade school classroom so that they can ace a test. It made no sense for Chisora to be matched so weakly, but that seems to be how he’s been being matched up ever since his loss to Fury last year. I mean, we saw the saw terrible matchmaking done for Chisora after his loss to David Haye in 2012. Chisora was matched against five fodder opponents for easy wins before facing Fury in a WBO title eliminator in 2014.
Chisora is surprisingly the mandatory challenger for Helenius for his EBU title. Helenius recently won the EBU title with a 12 round decision win over Franz Rill on December 19th, at the Harwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Chisora lost to Helenius by a controversial 12 round split decision four years ago in December 2011 in a fight that took place in Helsinki, Finland.
Helenius fought one-handed for most of the fight and had problems with the pressure that was put on him by Chisora. A rematch between them would very likely take place in Helsinki once again, so it would be an equally tough fight for Chisora to win. He might need a knockout to get the victory.
Nevertheless, it would definitely be a tougher fight for Chisora than the first fight unless Helenius suffers another freak injury. An uninjured Helenius would be a tough fight for Chisora, because he would have to eat hard right hands all night long.
“Whether that’s a fight for Chisora next year, we’ll take it step by step but first of all we want to get that revenge against Helenius,” Sauerland said.
I’d personally like to see Chisora face Whyte next, as long as Whytes surgically repaired left shoulder is fully healed and rehabbed. If Whyte is 100 percent back from his shoulder injury, I think it would be interesting to see him face Chisora. When healthy, I think Whyte is a better version of Chisora. He’s like a next level Chisora. I would like to see Whyte bouncing his big left hooks off the chin of Chisora to see how he holds up.