Michael Rosenthal

Klitschko outpoints Chisora

Vitali Klitschko received a challenge from Dereck Chisora but still won a one-sided decision to retain his WBC heavyweight title Saturday in Munich, Germany.

Chisora (15-3, 9 knockouts) fought a spirited fight, attacking his much taller and more-experienced opponent from beginning to end and landing more blows than the big Ukrainian is accustomed to.

However, Klitschko (44-2, 40 KOs) clearly outworked his British rival – primarily with a stiff right – to win the majority of the rounds. The judges scored it 118-110, 118-110 and 119-111, meaning Chisora won only a few rounds. THE RING scored it 118-110 for Klitschko.

Klitschko threw relatively few jabs, a punch with which he normally sets up his big right. The obvious question was whether he injured his left hand either before or during the fight.

He spoke cryptically about it immediately afteward.

“I fought with my right hand,” he said. “I’m not ready to talk about it. It’s not excuses because I really wanted to knock him out very much.”

Without a consistent jab, Klitschko controlled the fight with his busy and hard right, which he landed consistently even if he never seriously hurt Chisora.

Klitschko seemed to be frustrated in spite of the victory.

“It was not a perfect performance,” he said. “… I fought against him just with a right hand. But, anyway, it was a good performance from Chisora. He had good movement. It’s very difficult to hit him.”

He went on: “I saw every punch from Chisora. He’s a little bit slow. If Chisora was much faster, then I might’ve had a problem. I saw almost every punch.”

Klitschko, 40, has now successfully defended his belt eight times and has won 12 consecutive fights. His last loss was a sixth-round TKO to Lennox Lewis in 2003, a fight stopped because Klitschko was cut.

Chisora is in the unusual position of being 1-3 in his last four fights but enhancing his reputation.

Most obsevers believe he was robbed when he lost a split decision to Robert Helenius in December. And he might’ve given Klitschko more trouble than any opponent since Klitschko returned from his hiatus in 2008.

Chisora said he didn’t execute his game plan.

“We wanted to work instead,” he said. “When I got inside, though, I wasn’t working. Experience beat me today.” 

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