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Chisora Is Punching Above His Weight
Posted Oct 26, 2010 by Shaun Edwards
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Talking above your expectations is a fairly common habit for boxers, and it’s also fairly common for this to land them in hot water every now and then. Unfortunately, Dereck Chisora may be one of the men who has found himself in a lot of trouble after arranging to challenge Wladimir Klitchsko’s IBF and WBO belts in December.
Whilst there is the obvious fact that Chisora should probably be nowhere near challenging for any world title, given that he’s ranked in the top 15 by only one of the four federations and has only actually had 15 professional fights, accepting the challenge from the Ukrainian who has not lost a fight for over six years shows more guts than I’d ever have. Even Klitschko himself has highlighted this, stating that he respected Chisora for taking the challenge and that it ‘showed courage’.
The Ukrainian also took a shot at WBA Champion David Haye, who has been criticised for not arranging a new fight with Klitschko after having to pull out of their previous arrangement because of a back injury. Hate has since arranged a fight with his fellow Londoner Audley Harrison.
The Ukrainian said ‘I know another man next month in the London championship with his London buddy. He was talking a lot but never coming into the ring.’ Chisora has revealed that he’s actually been tied into a three fight deal, having to then face Wladimir’s brother Vitali afterwards should he manage to defeat the current champion.
However, Haye has noted what he thinks of that possibility, stating that that he hoped Chisora had gained a high pay day from the fight, because it would be a ‘hard hard night’ for the Londoner.
The trouble with the fight is that it will give new meaning to the term ‘mis-match’. Yes, the Klitschko brothers are superior to pretty much everyone in the heavyweight division, but there are different levels of mis-matches, and this fight could end up being dangerous.