Dereck Chisora (27-7, 19 KOs) needs an impressive win this Saturday night against EBU heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel (16-0, 12 KOs) in Monte Carlo. The Chisora vs. Kabayel fight will be taking place on the undercard of WBA World light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol vs. Trent Broadhurst.
Chisora, 33, wants a rematch against Dillian Whyte, who beat him by a 12 round split decision on December 10 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Chisora doubts that he’ll get that fight though, as Whyte is chasing a world title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder. Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn has already offered a huge $3 million purse to Wilder along with the U.S television, which would bring it to $4 million.
Fighting for the EBU title would seem like a backwards step for Chisora, who challenged former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko for his title on February 18, 2012, and lost by a 12 round unanimous decision. Chisora has suffered additional losses since then to Tyson Fury, David Haye, Kubrat Pulev and Dillian Whyte. Chisora’s 12 round split decision loss last year to Pulev was for the vacant EBU heavyweight title.
So, Chisora is once again trying to fight for the European Boxing Union strap. It might be wiser for Chisora to move on rather than continue to fight for the EBU title, being that it’s forlorn at this point to see him wasting his time on fighting for this lower level belt at 33. For the record, Boxing News Results had Chisora losing to Pulev by a 116-112 score. Chisora lost that fight without a doubt.
“I need to get this fight done and look good,” said Chisora via Fight News. I haven’t had a big fight since the Whyte fight and I’ve been pushing for that rematch but it’s not happened and not looking likely anytime soon. This came up and I think that it was meant to be for Dillian but he was too scared to fight this boy, so I took it.”
Whyte doesn’t want to take any chances against a risky opponent like Chisora right now, as he’s very close to getting a world title shot against Deontay Wilder for the WBC belt. Even if Hearn is unable to get Wilder to agree to fight Whyte on February 3rd like he’s been pushing for, he will get an eventual title shot by 2019.
Whyte is expected to be elevated to the No.1 spot in the World Boxing Council’s rankings given his 12 round unanimous decision win over Robert Helenius last Saturday night in Cardiff, Wales. However, Wilder likely won’t be ordered to fight Whyte until 2019. So, Whyte is going to need to do some waiting around unless Hearn can sweeten the offer to Wilder just enough to get him to agree to the fight.
“Dillian won at the weekend, I’m going to win, so let’s do it, there’s nothing stopping us,” said Chisora. “But you never know what is going to get in the way, this is boxing. I want to fight for a World title too. We don’t know why Joseph Parker is holding a World title. How is Wilder still a World champion?”
Chisora needs to keep his focus on Kabayel for Saturday. If Chisora overlooks this guy, he could be sorry for having done so. Kabayel is young, and he’s got good punching power. I think there’s a very good chance that Chisora loses this fight or looks bad in winning. Chisora struggling against a no name like Kabayel would be just as bad as him losing the fight. Kabayel is just a fringe contender on the world stage, and he’s not talked about a whole lot.
Chisora is one of those heavyweights that can look good in one fight, and then really come apart in his next fight after that. You can never be sure what you’re going to get from Chisora. He’s got a lot of flaws with his fighting style, and he gasses out in his fights. Chisora’s biggest problem is his lack of height. At 6’1 ½”, Chisora is too short to beat the cream of the crop at heavyweight. We’ve seen that in Chisora’s losses to Vitali Klitschko, Tyson Fury and Pulev.
Also on the card is former WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg facing Oleg Yefimovych a featherweight and WBA World bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell fighting a rematch against Liborio Solis.