Tom Gray

Dereck Chisora stops Pala in three; is David Price, Tyson Fury next?

Dereck Chisora finishes Ondrej Pala in the third round of their heavyweight bout at The Copper Box on Nov. 30 in London, England.


British heavyweight star Dereck Chisora said that he would sprint down Oxford Street naked if he emerged victorious in his bout against the unheralded Ondrej Pala, and the bad news is the fighter known as “Del Boy” scored a third-round technical knockout in London tonight.

In all seriousness Chisora will complete that unenviable task for a worthwhile charity called “Help for Heroes” on Dec. 19, but charity was the last thing he accorded Pala who, despite getting off to a good start, shipped a bevy of blows from the former world title challenger, before turning his back in clear distress.

The referee had no choice but to intervene and the official time was 2:25.

The bout was messy at the start, but things livened up when Chisora was tagged by a big left hook in Round 1. Pala, from the Czech Republic, was a late replacement, but he appeared full of ambition and released his punches with speed and confidence.

Another left hook landed flush for the visitor in Round 2 but Chisora, who is extremely durable, absorbed the damage and began teeing off with some smooth inside work, punctuated by a brisk right uppercut to the chin.

The Brit continued to up the pace in Round 3, landing consistently with savage clusters up close. Pala (32-4, 22 knockouts) did manage to spin off the ropes, but was caught with a whipping right hand counter punch, which backed him into a corner.

Chisora, sensing the moment, increased the velocity of his punches, as well as the power, and although the ending wasn’t completely satisfactory, there was only ever going to be one winner.

“I hurt my right hand in round one,” said Chisora. “Fair play to the guy because he caught me with a couple of good shots, but I was drifting in there and I need a top class opponent who can test me.”

Chisora (19-4, 13 KOs) has had a very successful 2013. He picked up the vacant European title, by thrashing German contender Edmund Gerber in five rounds, and stoppage wins over Hector Alfredo Avila and Malik Scott look impressive on his resume.

The talented slugger is also working diligently in the gym. He has dropped his weight from 260 pounds to 235, and the improvements are obvious in his performances. Indeed, the new and improved “Del Boy” is a far cry from the unpredictable time bomb of the past.

Chisora did fare well in a losing effort to WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko in Feb. 2012 and, with the recent departure of another former conqueror David Haye, the big punching Brit could leap frog his way to a second championship attempt next year.

“Dereck is the mandatory challenger for David Price’s British title,” said promoter Frank Warren. “We’re waiting on a contract being returned from David, but the fight I would love to see is a Tyson Fury rematch,

“I would also like to see Dereck back in with a Klitschko. He’s a better fighter now, and he’s been there and done it.”



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Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications.  Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing

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