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Saturday nights chief support between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora turned out to be an absolute cracking fight for the British Heavyweight Championship on the undercard of Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina.
The build up was quite like no other, with the British Boxing Board of Control seeming inches away from cancelling the fight due to the pair’s inability to control themselves prior to the fight. Admittedly it wasn’t one for the athleticism but the pinches thrown and the punches landed ended up resembling a hammer.
Dereck Chisora started off the fight well and bagged a few extremely close rounds but seemed to gas out a lock quicker than Whyte did, and after giving it his all in the early half of the fight, Chisora seemed tired after giving it everything he had trying to put Whyte on his ass.
There were multiple occasions in the fight when Chisora looked like he had Whyte finished but a very tired Whyte stumbled to safety with Chisora’s instinct to finish seeming out of reach. The pair battled solidly for twelve rounds and both men deserve credit for the performances they put on.
Chisora entered the ring on the back of many boo’s but half way through the fight adopted a massive crowd cheering his name and the atmosphere involving this fight was brilliant. So many times you could see both men dropping to the canvas but both battled on to make what was a lot of fans fight of the night.
Whyte won by split decision with age and stamina working well in his favour, but it wasn’t a dead certain. There are going to be calls for a rematch and rightly so, it was a very entertaining chief support.
But after battling their hearts out, what is next for both men? Chisora arguably over the hill and this was his last chance at proving himself and Whyte still has many options, but the rematch with AJ seeming a world apart now if he is going to be chasing the unification clashes.
There is some truth in this fight being an eliminator for Deontay Wilder’s WBC Heavyweight strap but with Povetkin and Stiverne facing off for the mandatory position this weekend, Whyte may be waiting a while.
The chance of Whyte fighting Wilder in 2017 is extremely slim with his return fight potentially being Hughie Fury, his Spring time fight / early summer fight being the Povetkin v Stiverne winner, and a summer time showdown with one of the champions. The rematch between Whyte and Chisora seems to make the most sense.