Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora do not like each other. There’s only one way to settle this…
Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora, Saturday 22 December, 6pm, Sky Sports Box Office. £19.95 for SD, £20.95 for HD. Booking now open
If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. And again. And again… That seems to be the mantra for “Del Boy” Dereck Chisora who, at 34, has remarkably thrust himself to within an inch of another world title fight, nearly seven years after his first.
His opponent, on the other hand, keeps succeeding without any real reward. Since failing to drag himself off the canvas in his sole defeat amid the rapid rise of Anthony Joshua when the pair met in December 2015, Dillian Whyte has done nothing but honour every request that boxing’s governing bodies have asked of him.
Yet three years and eight victories on – including a split-decision victory over Chisora and a 12-round barnstormer with former world champion Joseph Parker – he’s yet to be handed his shot at the big time.
Naturally, this has resulted in two candid characters with a lot to say, and throw. Prior to their first encounter, Chisora launched a table at Whyte during a press conference.
Chisora believes he won the last fight. A defeat for him will spell disaster. Whyte on the other hand is annoyed at the prospect of fighting a man he feels is no longer worthy of lacing up his gloves. A victory for him would open up a path to the big guns, but anything less will put The Body Snatcher back to square one. No AJ. No Deontay Wilder. No Tyson Fury. No good.
It’s all down to Saturday’s showpiece. Both have inflicted brutal knockouts this year; Whyte demolished Australian Lucas Browne in March, while Chisora rocked the O2 with an eighth-round stoppage of Carlos Takam – a man who very nearly took AJ the distance.
Their 2016 face-off was widely recognised as the fight of the year. If this one provides even a fraction of the action served up in that match, we’re in for a scintillating night of boxing.
Here’s how they square up…
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