Dereck Chisora vs Dillian Whyte

Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom, 10th December

Its the archetypal clash of young lion v old lion at the Manchester Arena on 10th December. To say the build up has been intense would be something of an understatement. Two heavyweight men who won’t back down at any cost with the esteemed British title at stake. This should make for a barnstorming fight that could well steal the headlines from the main event.

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Despite being 32 years old which is not that old for a heavyweight,Chisora can be considered long in the tooth now. He has a lot of professional experience under his belt notching up 190 rounds over 32 fights. The key to his performance levels now really just depends on his motivation level and whether or not he has enough left in the tank to come out smoking with a high intensity pace.

Del Boy will have the added bonus that he is fighting an opponent who is a similar height to him. Standing at only 6ft 1 1/2 inches tall Chisora has often had to cope with trying to duck and slip his way into range past the long seemingly never-ending reaches of the giants within the division such as Klitschko,Fury and Helenius.

Whilst he will still be the shorter man, opponent Dillian Whyte is 6ft 4 so doesnt fall into that category of being a giant. This should allow Chisora to engage his opponent more effectively  and pile on the pressure in the way he demonstrated against David Haye back in 2012.

Chisora has kept himself active with an outing in Sweden in September where he knocked his opponent out. However his last proper challenge came back in May of this year. He challenged No.5 world ranked Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev for the Vacant European heavyweight title in Hamburg but lost out via way of a split decision after the fight went the distance.

Chisora has a track record of always putting up a good fight against world level opponents. Although he has always come up short he really had a lot of success against Vitali Klitschko and had some good moments against David Haye as well. Tyson Fury is really only the ever man who has put on a comprehensive one sided,shut out display against Chisora and that came in their second meeting.

Although he is 28 years old himself, Whyte is the younger fresher lion trying to make his mark on the domestic division. The Brixton Bodysnatcher has been successfully rebuilding his career after a knockout loss to Anthony Joshua at the O2 arena nearly a year ago.

Whyte is confrontational by nature and I don’t think there is a fight out there that he would turn down. In his last fight he systematically broke down experienced journeyman Ian Lewison who is one of Chisora’s stablemate’s under Don Charles at their Finchley gym.

In the fight he showed some good composure and used his jab to good affect and I think he will probably try to do the same again with Chisora. I dont expect him to be winging shots from the first bell; he’ll most likely take the first couple of rounds to feel out Chisora’s power and style before trying to assert himself more aggressively.

The experience of going in with a heavyweight like Joshua early on in his career may not have been such a bad thing for him. Usually someone like Chisora would be presenting a prospect like Whyte with his toughest opponent but this is not the case. Although he ended up getting knockout out he put in a good display against a world class fighter. Therefore he seems to have less respect for anyone else. It also means that now being undefeated he is not worried about protecting his ‘0’ like a lot of fighters seem to be in the sport right now.

Theres are a lot of people who are saying this fight will not last long but I believe both fighters have the resolve that we will see this fight go the full distance. A loss for Whyte would set him back with his world title aspirations but he would still have time to rebound. As for Chisora you would think it would spell the end but he’s been to the well so many times in his career and shown great fortitude to come back strong that you just can never write him off.

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