Chisora wants Deontay Wilder fight
By Scott Gilfoid: With five straight wins since his last defeat, fringe contender Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) is targeting WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) as someone that he is really interested in fighting for a world title.
The 32-year-old Chisora says he’d like to get ranked high enough to become Wilder’s #1 WBC mandatory challenger so that he can get a shot at him. As of now, Chisora is far, far away from being ranked No.1 by the WBC unfortunate.
Chisora is ranked at #12 WBO, #13 WBC, #13 IBF. With that kind of ranking, Chisora is probably looking at two years at the minimum before he can pick up a No.1 ranking with the World Boxing Council.
Chisora could help himself greatly if he defeats former world title challenger Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs) in their upcoming fight this year. The Chisora-Pulev fight isn’t scheduled as of yet, but it should be soon. They’re both promoted by Sauerland Events, so it’s not going to be a difficult fight to get made. The two will be fighting for the EBU heavyweight title.
“I would like to fight Deontay Wilder, but I have to make myself mandatory for that title,” Chisora told Skysports.com. “I asked for the fight with Pulev to be honest with you. I didn’t duck and dive. I would like to fight Wilder because he’s a great name, he’s knocked out nearly all his opponents. I personally just want to fight Wilder.”
Deontay would have a field day against a hittable fighter like Chisora. I don’t think Deontay would miss with one punch, because there’s no real defense from Chisora other than him holding his hands up. Deontay would be much too big for Chisora, and I think it would end quickly.
I don’t see Chisora becoming Deontay’s No.1 contender anytime soon, and we don’t even know if Deontay will hold onto his WBC title. What happens if he vacates his WBC title rather than having to defend it in Russia against his mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. Does Chisora still go after Deontay or does he go after the belt?
Ignoring for the second how over-matched the tiny 6’1” Chisora would be against the towering 6’7” Deontay, I think Chisora is making a mistake of looking past #4 WBC, #11 IBF, #14 WBA Pulev. That’s a mistake on Chisora’s part to assume that he can get past the 6’4 ½” Pulev, because I think that’s a bad match-up for Chisora. I could be wrong though, but I see Pulev as being too big too talented and too powerful for the likes of Chisora. Pulev has a great jab and he knows how to fight tall.
Chisora does well against fighters that back up against the ropes and covers up. This enables Chisora to throw his looping shots, which frequently land behind his opponent’s heads to hurt them. Pulev isn’t stupid though. He doesn’t fight like he has no sense, so you’re not going to see him back-up against the ropes and just cover up like many of Chisora’s journeyman level opposition has done.
Chisora has won his last five fights, but he’s done it against just purely awful opposition in my view. Judge for yourself and tell me if you think Chisora has been fighting good opposition or not:
Here are Chisora’s last five opponents:
Marcelo Luiz Nascimento
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