By Charles Brun: Eddie Hearn said this week that part of his wishlist for 2022 is to see 38-year-old Dereck ‘War’ Chisora take on former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder in 2022.
The first problem Hearn will have in getting Wilder, 36, to agree to a fight with the journeyman Chisora is the money. Wilder probably made around $15 million for his last fight against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on October 9th.
If Wilder agreed to fight with the British domestic level fighter Chisora, his purse would likely drop off to one-sixth of what he made fighting Fury.
It’s hardly worth Wilder’s time to mess about beating up on what’s left of Chisora. For Wilder to go from making $15M to a meager $3 million, it’s not worth his time and effort.
If Hearn is serious about wanting Wilder to fight Chisora, he’ll likely need to offer him in the neighborhood of $10 million to get him back in the ring for a low-level fight like this.
Hearn encouraging Wilder to fight Chisora
“Deontay Wilder, we want to see you back in the ring. I’ve got the perfect guy for you – Dereck Chisora,” said promoter Eddie Hearn to the DAZN Boxing show this week on a fight that he wants to see in 2022.
“Come on; he’s getting on a little bit; he’s coming off three defeats on the spin now. Easy comeback fight for Deontay Wilder. Dereck’s ready,” said Hearn.
Hearn shockingly said recently in an interview that he believes Chisora will beat Deontay if the fight goes past the fourth round. Presumably, Hearn thinks Wilder will gas out after four rounds like his flagship fighter Anthony Joshua.
Hearn hasn’t watched enough of Wilder’s fights to know that he doesn’t have stamina problems like Joshua. Indeed, Wilder’s power remains as lethal after four rounds as it did from the first.
Deontay is one of those guys that can generate dangerous power up until the last round of his fights, and it would be bad for Chisora no matter how far into the contest the match goes.
Wilder will take massive criticism from boxing fans for fighting someone at Chisora’s level because the guy is just a punching bag with arms at this point in his career, and his ability to take a shot has deteriorated.
Chisora took a pounding from Parker
Watching Chisora getting hurt repeatedly by Joseph Parker in their rematch fight earlier this month was disturbing.
Hearn is ready to have the depleted Chisora walk the plank by fighting Wilder next. Sadly, Chisora is all for the idea, saying he fancies taking on the dangerous puncher, and he seems confident that the fight will happen with the Alabama native.
With Chisora no longer capable of beating B-level opposition like he once did, it’s not all that surprising that he’s ready to grab the Wilder fight with both hands if he can get it.
If Wilder agrees to fight him, this might be Chisora’s last chance for a big payday, which I don’t think he will.
The 38-year-old Chisora (32-12, 23 KOs), who has lost three consecutive fights, doesn’t need any urging from Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn to agree to the battle with the 36-year-old Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs).
Fighting Wilder was one of the first names that came out of Chisora’s mouth following his one-sided 12 round unanimous decision against former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker on December 18th in Manchester, England.
Chisora ready to fight Deontay next
“That’s our next campaign, coming to America. I’ll take that fight,” said Chisora to iFL TV on fighting Deontay next. “These Americans want me to come there if I get a visa. I need a visa.
“And I don’t get scared. I enjoy it. I’m not scared of nobody.”
A fight between Wilder and Chisora might sell in the UK. Still, you can’t market that type of contest in the United States because boxing fans, the casual variety, don’t know who the 38-year-old Hearn-promoted fighter is, and the hardcore boxing fans would see this as a sick mismatch.
How would Hearn interest U.S fans in a fight between Wilder and Chisora? I don’t think it’s possible because American fans wouldn’t buy that trash fight because they’re not into watching talented fighters beat up on journeymen-level guys.