It couldn’t happen…could it? Can 14 fight novice Dereck Chisora, 14-0 (9), dethrone the WBO, IBF and IBO Heavyweight Champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko, 55-3 (49)?
On paper the bout is a total mismatch. Klitschko has systematically broken down and punished every opponent hes faced in the past five years. Fighters such as Sam Peter, Hasim Rahman and Ruslan Chagaev have all fallen well short of toppling the Kiev man. Chisora is hot of the back of stopping domestic rival Sam Sexton in nine rounds to claim the Commonwealth Heavyweight title to add to the British title he won from Danny Williams in a two round destruction of the lacklustre veteran.
1. 14/10/00 vs Chris Byrd @ KolnArena, Cologne, Germany.
Wladimir won his first world title (WBO) with a comprehensive near shut out of the American. Klitschko dominated from start to finish with an accomplished display.
2. 08/03/03 vs Corrie Sanders @ Preussag Arena, Hannover, Germany.
Wladimir was completely outgunned by the South African banger, knocked down 4 times before the referee and his corner halted the massacre 0.27 into round two.
3. 23/02/08 vs Sultan Ibragimov @ Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
In what was labelled “the most boring fight in boxing history” Wladimir outjabbed the Russian over 12 tiresome rounds.
1. 13/02/10 vs Carl Baker @ Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Dereck quickly beatdown the badly out of shape contender in two rounds to claim his chance to fight Danny Williams for the British title.
2. 15/05/10 vs Danny Williams @ Upton Park, London, UK.
In what was already known to be Williams last fight, Dereck overcame the champion in 2 one sided rounds.
3. 18/09/10 vs Sam Sexton @ LG Arena, Birmingham UK
After a rocky begining, Chisora broke down the Commonwealth champion to stop him, pinned against the ropes, in the 9th.
Despite a very limited career both amateur and professional, Dereck Chisora finds himself staring down the barrel of the chance to win the WBO, IBF and IBO Heavyweight crowns. Wladimir should be able to cruise to a comfortable win without ever getting out of second gear. Chisora’s big opportunity lies in Wladimir’s suspect chin. If he can land big early, he could do what Corrie Sanders did and get Wladimir out of there before he begins his usual systematic beatdown.
In all honesty, I’d love to see Chisora succeed and do what countless others failed but I fully expect Klitschko to beat him down with his jab and brutal straight right, with the referee pulling the battered Londoner out before the end of the 6th round. Chisora gains a lot from this bout win or lose. If he can go out and give a good account of himself then that puts him in the frame to win a European title and earn himself some decent paydays. At 27 he’s still young for a heavyweight, and can bounce back regardless of the result.
On 11th December at the SAP- Arena, Mannheim he goes into a bout with little more than a puncher’s chance although this is boxing and anything can happen… but it couldnt happen, could it?