Dereck Chisora 258.25 vs. Kubrat Pulev 250 – Weigh-in results
By Jack Tiernan: Wearing a Boris JohnsonDerek Chisora weighed in at 258.25 pounds on Friday at the weigh-in for his 12-round rematch with Kubrat Pulev in the main event this Saturday, July 9th at the O2 Arena in London.
For his part, the 41-year-old Pulev weighed in at 250 lbs, looking in better shape than the 38-year-old Chisora (32-12, 23 KOs) for their ‘Total Carnage’ card.
Compared to Thursday’s final press conference, things were tame before the two aging heavyweights. We didn’t see any Greco-Roman wrestling between Chisora and Pulev (29-2, 14 KOs) today as we had on Thursday, and that was a good thing.
Boxing fans on social media believe that the altercation at the final press conference was contrived by the two fighters and an indication that tickets aren’t selling.
Promoter Eddie Hearn insists that a crowd of 7,000 fans will be in attendance on Saturday night for the Chisora vs. Pulev 2 rematch, but you got to wonder if that’s the case.
Pulev has insisted throughout the promotion that his goal is to use a victory over Chisora to get a title shot and capture a strap before he retires. It’s going to be difficult for Pulev to accomplish that goal.
Derek is coming into the fight winless in his last three outings, and badly in need of a victory. Unfortunately, Chisora is fighting a guy that soundly beat him in 2016, and seems to have his number in 6’4 1/2″ Pulev.
‘War’ Chisora says he’s going to make Pulev uncomfortable by setting a fast pace, but he tried that tactic in 2016 and it didn’t work.
Moreover, Chisora’s stamina has failed him since his first fight with Joseph Parker in 2021. He gets tired easily now, and it makes you wonder if he still has the hunger to train hard.
Chisora-Pulev 2 undercard
Israil Madrimov 153.75 vs. Michel Soro 153.75
(WBA super welterweight eliminator)
Felix Cash 160 vs. Vaughn Alexander 158.75
Fabio Wardley 238 vs. TBA
Caoimhin Agyarko 153.75 vs. Lukasz Maciec 154
Ramla Ali 123 vs. Agustina Rojas 122.25
Yousuf Ibrahim 120.1 vs. Francisco Rodriguez 121.1
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) July 8, 2022
“He can’t play mind games. I’m the king of that,” said Chisora to talkSPORT Boxing when asked if Pulev is trying to play mind games with him.
“That’s okay. That’s him. He’s trying to prove something in Bulgaria. This is London. We’ll give him the London treatment, boy. I’m going to bring war from round one until the finish.
“I’m going to make him work when he doesn’t want to work. It doesn’t affect anything,” said Chisora when asked how his previous fight with Pulev in 2016 affects his rematch on Saturday. “Nothing affects me. It annoys him the most.
“For him to bring out the judges afterward and the referee and he was a bit annoyed, but I don’t really care. That fight doesn’t bother me. Nothing bothers me.
“He wanted to get a reaction and I gave him one, so we’ll see,” said Chisora.
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