British heavyweight contenders Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora will clash in a highly anticipated rematch on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London. The rivals first met in the ring two years ago, with Whyte earning the close split-decision victory. The event will be televised on Sky Sports Box Office (PPV) in the UK and on Showtime in the USA.
Tale of the Tape – Whyte vs. Chisora 2
|Dillian Whyte||Dereck Chisora|
|Record||24-1-0 (17 KOs)||29-8-0 (21 KOs)|
|Nickname||“The Body Snatcher”||“Del Boy”|
|Country||United Kingdom||United Kingdom|
Fight Breakdown – Whyte vs. Chisora 2
Dillian Whyte is widely considered to be one of the four or five best heavyweights on the planet. The Jamaica-born fighter boasts wins over Chisora, Robert Helenius, Lucas Browne, and Joseph Parker. His sole defeat came in 2015 when he was stopped in seven rounds by current WBA, WBO, and IBF champion Anthony Joshua.
Dereck Chisora enters as the betting underdog, having lost three of his last seven bouts (including the controversial defeat to Whyte). Though his resume does not include many big wins, Chisora has been in the ring with some of the best heavyweights of the last decade, most notably Tyson Fury, David Haye, and Vitali Klitschko. In his last fight, Chisora knocked out former WBC Silver champion Carlos Takam in the eighth round after losing most of the rounds prior.
Chisora is described best as your prototypical heavyweight slugger. He possesses a granite chin, power in both hands, and good inside fighting skills, all of which he used well in the first fight with Whyte. Stamina has been an issue in the past for the the near-35-year-old. Most of the rounds he loses are due to being outboxed and/or outworked. Going into the rematch, Chisora’s new manager David Haye has stated that his fighter is in very good shape and will be ready to go twelve rounds if needed.
Most would agree that Whyte is the more well-rounded fighter. With a long reach and solid jab, not only is Whyte able to box well from the outside, he also throws great power shots (to the head and body) from medium to long range as well. While I favor Chisora in the toughness and power departments, Whyte definitely has the edge in hand speed and counter-punching ability.
Dereck has been calling himself “War” Chisora recently. Chisora, with his brawling style, needs to turn this fight into a war in order to come out on top. Whyte needs to try to keep things mostly on the outside using his jab and movement. Knocking out Chisora will not be easy, so Dillian’s best bet is to look for countering opportunities instead of battling Dereck on the inside.
Prediction – Whyte vs. Chisora 2
I predict a unanimous decision victory for Dillian Whyte. The first fight was so close and many thought Chisora won, but the question is, can he fight as well (or better) as he did back then against an improved Dillian Whyte? If Chisora is truly in better shape for this one, I could definitely see him wear down and eventually catch Whyte with something big. But on the other hand, you have to consider that Whyte is the better boxer, is in his physical prime, and has clearly performed better in the ring as of late. I have no idea exactly what is going to happen, but I do know that if things are close and it goes to the scorecards like in the first fight, Whyte is more likely to get the decision.
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