Mike Coppinger

Klitschko expects a stern challenge from brash underdog Chisora


The story unfolds in the same sequence time and again. A Klitschko brother signs to fight another heavyweight, the challenger is given little chance, and the prognostications are confirmed when the Klitschko dispatches of the fighter with ease.

Dereck Chisora, of London, England, is hoping to change the script when he takes on the elder Klitschko, WBC beltholder Vitali, on Saturday at the sold-out Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany (EPIX, 4:30 p.m. ET).

“You can’t be afraid of him. Most of Vitali’s opponents are scared of him,” Chisora (15-3, 9 knockouts) told RingTV.com. “And I told Vitali ‘I’m not scared of you, I want to fight you.’ I’ve got the strength to beat Vitali, and I know I’m going to beat Vitali.”

Klitschko isn’t taking Chisora lightly on the heels of the Zimbabwe native’s excellent performance against highly-regarded Robert Helenius, a bout the brash Brit lost in what is considered one of the worst decisions in recent memory.

“Don’t underestimate Chisora,” said Klitschko (43-2, 40 KOs). “He’s young, very aggressive; he’s very hungry and he wants to be world champion very much.  I was very impressed when I saw his last fight against Robert Helenius.

“After that fight, I spoke to my manager and told him I want to fight this guy. This will be a very good challenge for me.  I can’t fight a nobody. I need a challenge. I want to fight the strongest challenger and Chisora is one of them and I’m more than sure the fight Saturday night will be very, very interesting.”

Chisora, 28, was an after-thought going into his fight with Helenius in December, much like he is in advance of his fight this Saturday. However, Chisora brought it to the Finnish fighter from the opening bell, beating THE RING’s No. 6-rated heavyweight to the punch throughout. Ultimately, Helenius was deemed the victor by split decision, a highly-dubious decision rendered in Helenius’ home country.

“It was frustrating, but you know what, we’re going to push for the rematch,” said Chisora. “Robert knew I won that fight, he came up to me and said ‘Well done, well done.’ It was the biggest robbery of all-time.

“I’ve always said I’m a good fighter, and Robert Helenius thought I was an easy target, but I didn’t really care. I took the fight and tried to knock him out, but I didn’t knock him out. I made it so difficult for him, he said his hand was broken and stuff like that, but it was a lie.”

Klitschko has nary lost a round since returning from a four year sabbatical. The 40-year-old Ukrainian was last seen on HBO bludgeoning Tomas Adamek into submission. THERING’s No. 1-rated heavyweight says it’s hard to get motivated for fights, but feels he has a worthy challenger in Chisora.

“I try to find fighters who have really good skills, who are very tough,” said Klitschko. “(Chisora) is tough, young and aggressive, has a lot of very good technique, good chin and that is why I fight against the strongest ones. There are no big names and that’s why everyone from the new generation who challenges the Klitschkos gets stopped.  Any moment there can be a new guy and he can be tough, and he can give us a tough challenge.  And one of them is Dereck Chisora.”

Many observers might think Klitschko is looking past Chisora to David Haye, whom Klitschko might fight in the summer. They would be wrong, though, as Klitschko insists Chisora will be a tougher opponent.

“David Haye didn’t want to fight.  He just kept running away from my brother,” said Klitschko. “He didn’t come in to fight.  I expect a better fight from Dereck Chisora.  He’s actually a fighter.  He wants to go in and fight and to go the distance.  He tries to challenge his opponent and I didn’t see that in the last fight between David Haye against Wladimir Klitschko. 

“And that’s why they both have totally different styles.  Dereck Chisora is more aggressive than David Haye, he’s a real heavyweight fighter and has a much stronger punch.”

While they may not agree on the outcome of the fight on Saturday, they share a common enemy in the brash Haye, a man they both loathe.

“I don’t care about David Haye, when I see him I’m going to punch his face in, whether it be in London or wherever I see him,” said Chisora, who has traded barbs in the media with his fellow Englishman. “I’ll beat him up, he knows it already. He’s scared of me, him and his entourage who surround him.

Chisora, nicknamed “Del Boy” lost to fellow Englishman Tyson Fury last year before rebounding against Helenius. He credits his renewed vigor with a loss in weight – he weighed in at 243 for Helenius, 18 less than the Fury fight.

“When I take the weight off I move faster. I’m shedding off even more weight (than against Helenius) so I’ll be more explosive for this fight,” said Chisora. “I’m going to stay (on the inside) he’s not going to be able to move me.”

Chisora relishes his underdog role, hoping to replicate the success he had against Helenius, again on enemy territory.

“Everyone didn’t give me a chance against Robert Helenius also, so I don’t mind being the underdog, I don’t really care to be honest,” said Chisora. “I’m going to give the public a great, great fight.”



Photo / Bryan Crowe-Fightwireimages.com

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