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Controversial Decision Costs Chisora
Split decision hands European title to Helenius
Posted Dec 06, 2011 by Chris White
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British boxer Dereck Chisora was left fuming after controversially losing to home fighter Robert Helenius in their European heavyweight title fight. The Londoner appeared to dominate the fight, certainly landing more blows on his Finnish opponent, but the judges went with Helenius in a split decision, to the anger of Chisora and his promoter Frank Warren.
Chisora, the smaller of the two men, kept his guard up well and didn’t allow his significantly larger opponent to get on top of him, working the body well while on the attack, but the judges scored the fight 115-113, 115-113, 113-115 in favour of Helenius.
Having lost his first fight since turning professional earlier this year against Tyson Fury, Chisora looked back to his best in this fight, showing why many see him as a future challenger to the Klitschko’s, which is why the scoring has left everyone stunned. The defeat is just the second in 17 professional fights for the former British and Commonwealth champion, but promoter Warren has called for an immediate rematch.
“It was one of the worst decisions I’ve seen in a long time,” said Warren. “Sometimes people moan when things don’t go their way, but I don’t know how Helenius can hold his head up and claim he won a fight when he knows he lost.” Warren has vowed to take his claim to the European Boxing Union, (EBU), and has the backing of legendary trainer Freddie Roach, who branded the decision “just terrible.”