Written by Ben Ashley
Photo by Danny Hill
Saturday 18th February WBC Heavyweight Championship Vitali Klitschko defeats Dereck Chisora by Unanimous Decision
On Saturday night despite a brave performance by Dereck Chisora, Vitali Klitschko comfortably retained his WBC Heavyweight Championship via Unanimous Decision. Vitali dominated the fight from start to finish and never looked like losing. Although the fight did show us that Vitali is ageing, he didn’t have the power to trouble Chisora who never stopped coming towards the champion. As I predicted Dereck forced the pressure on Vitali but just lacked the quality and power to get himself into the fight, at least he made Vitali earn his purse as both fighters were notably fatigued going into the final third of the bout. In summary Vitali gained a strong foothold in the early rounds and despite being put under pressure had more than enough to contain Dereck and land enough shots to impress the judges. For all the hype and slaps/spits before hand the actual fight was a pretty quiet affair and Vitali simply was the better fighter on the night.
Despite a lot of positives to come from the fight it still leaves Chisora with his 3rd defeat in his last 4 contests, with the win coming against Remigijus Ziausys who in reality was drafted in as a confidence boosting fight for Del Boy. Frank Warren has said he will chase a rematch but unless the fight comes over to BritainI don’t really see the point in this, the fight was not a close encounter and I can’t see much interest being generated for the fight. It shows that despite Chisora slapping Vitali at the weigh in and spitting his water over Wladimir’s face moments before the fight the interest in the fight was substantially less than David Haye’s unification clash with Wladimir last summer. Now the fight that could materialise from the Post Fight Press Conference is Chisora v Haye inBritain, however that is a different story in itself.
I find it hard to see either Klitschko giving Dereck another shot as it won’t generate much income for either fighter and it would now be seen as yet another easy cherry picked match up. What Dereck should now do from here is either fight some world ranked European fighters and get wins under his belt for a challenge in 18 months when maybe Vitali has stepped down. Or return to the domestic scene and look to avenge his defeat by Tyson Fury or take on the up and coming David Price. Wins over either fighter will significantly raise his stock and put him in a much better position to challenge for a World Title in the future. Either way despite a battling performance, fighters that aspire to be world champions should not be content with a defeat where they lost by7/8 rounds.