NO CLASS: Vitali Klitschko W12 Dereck Chisora


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Vitali Klitschko successfully defended his McFit heavyweight championship of the world against limited but plucky Dereck Chisora with a unanimous 12-round decision at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany. Final scores were 118-110, 119-111, 118-110.

It was a relatively easy win for Klitschko despite what Twitter hounds all over the world feign in order, as always, to prove their sham omniscience. As far as heavyweight bouts go, however, this was a fairly entertaining scrap, although the outcome was never really in doubt.

Chisora, 241 1/4, fought hard, but he simply lacks skill. Does he have a jab? No. Does he double up left hooks? No? Does he have a good straight right? No. Does he throw in combination? No. Does he possess crippling power? No. What he does have is a sturdy chin, a tenacious demeanor, a pretty good defense, and, when fit, tremendous stamina. Chisora also showed a fair counter right, thrown over the lowered guard of Klitchko after “Dr. Ironfist” would miss with a lead. Unfortunately, Chisora is also ponderous and loads up on single shots that are almost always inaccurate. A replay of the bout would show Chisora, London, England, landing perhaps a handful of clean blows over the course of 12 rounds, but why bring reality into the equation?

On the inside, Chisora banged away—with professional zeal—at whatever was available and fought at a pace calculated to keep Klitschko, who improves to 44-2 (40), from being as deliberate as he usually is. Still, Klitschko, 243 1/2, dominated early with one-twos, and, when he mysteriously stopped popping his jab, controlled most of the action with lead rights and cuffing uppercuts. Klitschko, Kiev, Ukraine, rocked Chisora several times with thudding rights but hinted in a post-fight interview that his left hand was injured. For his part, Chisora did some fine work in the middle rounds, particularly to the body, but he could never string together an eye-catching sequence and was often the personification of “ineffective aggression.” In the end, Chisora, now 15-3 (9), was basically outclassed, both in the ring and—no contest here—out of it as well.

Apparently ready to seize the role of anti-hero of the moment–no easy feat among so many gauche aspirants–Chisora spit a stream of water into the face of Wladimir Klitschko before the fight and wanted to rumble some more with Vitali Klitschko after the lopsided decision was rendered. Boxing is rife with repugnant characters—from managers to promoters to editors of certain websites and to, yes, fighters themselves—but Chisora represents a new low among current rogues. Most fighters are drawn from harsh socio-economic environments and often have unsavory sides, but few of them act out in the context of a professional prizefight the way Chisora did against Klitschko.

There is also a certain amount of calculated cowardice to his insolence: Just as there was no way a real pro like Vitali was going to go after Chisora, 28, at the weigh-in for the smack in the face, there was no way Wladimir was going to respond to the fountain stream incident and jeopardize a multi-million dollar event minutes before it was set to commence. Similarly, Chisora bared his fangs after the fight–with dozens in the ring to ensure his safety. This bit of woof-woof brought to mind Kevin Johnson, who also was hell-bent on mixing it up after his bout with Vitali Klitschko was over. Meanwhile, during the fight, Johnson fled and carried on in one of the most disgraceful non-efforts seen in a heavyweight title fight in years. Like Johnson, Chisora had his chance to dish it out in the ring, but found, after all of his exertions, that he was only good enough to win two rounds against a 40-year-old heavyweight who seemed to be fighting without a left. Revise that as you see fit.

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UPDATE: According to Tweets from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, Chisora attacked David Haye at the post-fight press conference, and a Pier-6 brawl broke out. Chisora reportedly threatened to murder Haye…repeatedly. Perhaps the question of “class” is of no importance at this point, since Chisora appears to be a legitimate basket case. Instead of reading sports reports about Chisora, perhaps consulting the DSM-IV would be more appropriate.

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Tags: Dereck Chisora HEAVYWEIGHTS Vitali Klitschko Waldimir Klitschko

  • dennis wise

    I watched the video of the brawl on bad left hook. Well worth it. Four minutes and fifteen seconds of silliness and suddenly the camera turns to Vitali genuinely laughing at it all.

  • thenonpareil

    @dennis wise

    Hi Dennis,

    I saw the video and from what I can tell, Haye clocked Chisora with a bottle or a glass. He should be arrested and thrown into jail and maybe we won’t have to hear his garbage for a while. Chisora is a walking turd. Neither man deserves to be called a professional prizefighter and they don’t have an ounce of dignity between them.

  • thenonpareil

    @napalm777

    Hi napalm777,

    no, he is a legitimate lout and he has few skills as a fighter…but he’ll have his defenders because that’s what boxing has come to.

  • dennis wise

    Couldn’t agree more, Carlos. Haye actually picked up a tripod and hit Adam Booth with it. As if we didn’t already know what these clowns were made of, they decided to make it perfectly clear for us.

  • FunkyBadger

    @thenonpareil @dennis wise Actually hit him while holding a bottle – slightly different. Then Chisora said he was going to shoot, then burn him as his “Entourage don’t have nuffin’ on my entourage”…

    ..Vitali’s response was excellent though.

  • FunkyBadger

    @thenonpareil @dennis wise Oh, everything else you say is spot on, re: dignity.

    Brits abroad though. Never going to end well.

  • thenonpareil

    COMMENT FROM TIM FROM IOWA (TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES)

    I continue to read Carlos but havent commented in some time. I love your work friend. What I found most interesting Carlos is the point you make about the overall outcome of the fight. It was in fact never in doubt. Just because Chisora constantly came forward (and credit to him for that) doesn’t mean the bout was competitive. Yet many forum folks and Twitter peeps seem to think the fight was close and/or Chisora only needed another round. I’m no fan of either brother. But this fight was a carbon copy of all the rest. Probably the same folks who thought Solis won the round against Vitali.

  • thenonpareil

    Hi timfromiowa,

    thanks for checking in and for the kind words. I apologize for the technical problems, but that’s how we roll around here, I guess.

    I don’t really know what to say about the Chisora fight–RE: how hard it was for Klitschko. It doesn’t make any sense to say that a fight in which one contestant didn’t appear to get hit flush more than 4 or 5 times–on the jaw, forehead, cheek, nose, etc.–was some sort of ordeal or brawl. Ishida smacked Paul Williams on target several times–even wobbling him at one point–and no one is going apeshit about that. Chisora won two rounds at most and if that makes everyone moist, so be it. Like you said, it was no different than any other Klitschko fight except there was no KO and Vitali fought with, possibly, a gimpy hand. There is always going to someone or two–a superior blogger, say–whose pretense is based on some sort of supernatural knowledge no one else possesses, even if such a fella discovered boxing in 2007. I’ve been watching boxing for 30 years; Klitschko-Chisora was a lopsided, run-of-the-mill bout. If we put it in heavyweight perspective–especially by today’s standards–then it wasn’t a bad way to spend 45 minutes or so, even though the winner was predestined from the time the bout was signed. A near-shutout win, as opposed to a stoppage, is still dominance.

    The funniest thing about all this Chisora stuff is how wacko everyone is going over a fighter with little talent and whose last win was against a guy with 43 losses. He was game, yes, but so are most fighters, including the guys who only make $3,000-$7,500 per fight.

  • thenonpareil

    @FunkyBadger @dennis wise

    I don’t know…I’ve been watching boxing a long time and I can’t recall anybody every attacking someone with a glass or bottle. I also remember Errol Christie and Mark Kaylor beating up on each other at a press conference…what’s up with the British?

  • FunkyBadger

    @thenonpareil @dennis wise Friday or saturday night at throwing out time on every English (proabaly British as well) high-street… just the same thing happening.

    Maybe we should blame Frank Warren, he’s the common factor…

  • FunkyBadger
  • thenonpareil

    @FunkyBadger @dennis wise

    Not that I care, but maybe Chisora can take care of Ahmadinejad while he’s out there. Maybe he can sneak up on him while wearing a burka and unleash a brave, courageous combination –of course, chances are he’d miss with all of his punches…