Vitali Klitschko vs. Dereck Chisora
2012-02-18 : Vitali Klitschko 243½ lbs beat Dereck Chisora 241¼ lbs by UD in round 12 of 12
- Location: Olympiahalle, Munich, Bayern, Germany
- Referee: Guido Cavalleri
- Judge: Robin Dolpierre 118-110
- Judge: Bela Florian 118-110
- Judge: Eddie Pappoe 119-111
- Aired on: RTL (Germany), Epix (United States)
- World Boxing Council Heavyweight Title (8th defense by Klitschko)
- The Ring Magazine ranked Klitschko as the #1 contender to younger brother Wladimir Klitschko's Ring Magazine World Heavyweight Championship. Chisora was not ranked in the magazine's top ten.
- Klitschko was a 10 to 1 betting favorite.
- The WBC fined Chisora $50,000 for slapping Klischko at the weigh-in.
- Chisora spit water in the face of Wladimir Klitschko in the ring prior to the pre-fight introductions.
- The WBC suspended Chisora indefinitely for brawling with David Haye at the post-fight press conference, and the British Boxing Board of Control withdrew his boxing license.
We already knew that Klitschko, even at 40, was a dominant heavyweight champion and one of the best big men in history. Now we know he can also win a fight with one arm. Making the eighth defense of his third title reign, Ukraine's Klitschko won a rough, physical fight against England's hard-charging, but much smaller, Chisora, and he did it essentially using only his right hand. That is because Klitschko suffered a torn ligament in his left shoulder in the third round. The injury will not require surgery, but will likely keep Klitschko out of action until the fall, meaning he will miss a planned summer bout. The injury also left him unable to use his best weapon -- the jab -- with any serious impact. Instead, Klitschko took Chisora apart with right hand after right hand in a fight televised in the United States on Epix.
Klitschko threw straight rights, overhand rights and rights to the body throughout the fight and connected with a ton of them. At one point between rounds, Chisora was spitting pure blood into the bucket in his corner. For the fight, Klitschko landed 211 of 605 blows (35 percent) while Chisora was limited to landing only 163 of 359 blows (45 percent). Chisora, who showed zero class by slapping Klitschko hard across the face during the staredown after the weigh-in, took a lot of heavy shots and deserves credit for his chin and big heart. He also dished out some punishment to Klitschko, who has taken so little over the years. From the outset, Klitschko went to work with his right hand while Chisora missed wildly with a lot of shots. But between the injury and Chisora's constant pressure, Klitschko did slow down some in the middle rounds even though he never appeared in any serious danger. Chisora had predicted an eighth-round knockout, but that round came and went with little concern for Klitschko.
Even though Klitschko -- who, along with George Foreman, is the only heavyweight champion to defend the title past age 40 -- has cruised through his title reign virtually unchallenged and having won nearly every round, this was probably the toughest (and most crowd-pleasing) fight he has had since he won a vacant heavyweight title to begin his second reign against Corrie Sanders in 2004.
Although Chisora lost his second fight in a row and for the third time in four bouts, he is a lot better than that record looks. For an inexplicable reason, Chisora was out of shape at a career-heavy 261 pounds for his competitive points loss to Tyson Fury last July for his first loss. In December, Chisora was outright robbed in a horrible hometown decision in Helsinki, Finland, to Finland's Robert Helenius. But it was a good enough performance to earn him a shot at Klitschko.
After the fight, Chisora had his second fight of the night when he confronted loudmouthed former titlist David Haye, also of England. Haye had crashed the post-fight news conference to call out Klitschko and wound up in a well-publicized brawl with Chisora, who confronted him. It was a mess and a disgrace. Klitschko, the regal and classy champion that he is, watched in bemusement.
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