Dereck Chisora vs. Peter Erdos this Saturday in Hamburg
By Scott Gilfoid: Former heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora (22-5, 14 KOs) will be in action this Saturday night against little known journeyman Peter Erdos (9-8-4, 3 KOs) in the 31-year-old Chisora’s first fight for his new promoters Sauerland Events in Hamburg, Germany. Chisora recently signed with Sauerland, and it’s still unclear what they have in mind with Chisora.
He’s not looked like the same fighter he once was in his last nine fights, and it’s pretty much impossible to picture Chisora getting another crack at a world title even if he takes the same soft course he took to get his recent WBO eliminator against Tyson Fury last year.
That’s a fight where Chisora was battered and beaten in losing by a 10th round stoppage.
Chisora came in at a fat 260 pounds in his last fight against journeyman Marcelo Luiz Nasicmento last September.
Chisora won the fight by a 10 round points decision, but it was a surprisingly competitive match for the entire 10 rounds. The thing is Nasimento was easily destroyed by younger heavyweights Dillian Whyyte and Joseph Parker. This suggests that the heavyweight division has gotten better and Chisora hasn’t been able to keep up with it by improving himself.
Unless Sauerland has ideas of matching Chisora against some of their other heavyweights like Kubrat Pulev and David Price, it doesn’t make much sense in them signing Chisora. I mean, if Chisora can’t handle a fighter like Fury and struggling to beat the likes of Nasicmento, then what in the heck does that say about Chisora?
I think Sauerland needs to match Chisora up with Price and Pulev as soon as possible before he loses another fight. The contract with Sauerland was said to be a multi-fight deal for Chisora, which means they’re going to need to make every fight count of they want to get their money’s worth with the contract.
The first fight is pretty much a throwaway job in Chisora fighting the little known fighter Erdos, but after that, Sauerland is going to need to think seriously about putting Chisora in with Price and Pulev so that they can get value for their money. I can’t imagine Sauerland wanting to slowly build Chisora against 3rd tier fighters like he was to get his title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in 2012, or to get his WBO eliminator fight against Fury in 2014.
The problem with trying to get Chisora a title shot is he’s probably going to need to become a mandatory challenger for him to get another crack at a world title, because I don’t see WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder or Fury just picking Chisora out of the hat to give him a title shot in a voluntary defense.
With the way that Chisora acted during the run up to his title shot against Vitali in 2012, I just don’t see Chisora getting anymore voluntary title shots. If he gets another crack at a title, then he’s going to need to be brought along slowly by having him fight weaker opposition and then hope that he can beat one of the top contenders in a heavyweight eliminator bout. I can’t see Chisora doing that unless it’s someone with marginal talent and a badly inflated ranking.