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Klitschko decisions a Wild Chisora
A Wild Chisora stole a lot of headlines world-wide when he slapped the heavyweight champion Vitali across the face at the weigh-in the day before the two fought.
“I have big respect for him as a fighter, but no respect for him as a human,” Vitali was quoted afterwards.
Chisora’s crazed antics continued during the pre-fight introductions when he spat water into the face of Vitali’s younger brother Wladimir, the unified IBF/WBA and WBO/RING Magazine heavyweight champion.
“The hardest thing I have ever done was not break his face, Wladimir reportedly told reporters.
If that wasn’t enough, Wild Chisora provoked a post-fight brawl with former unified cruiserweight and WBA heavyweight titlist, David Haye that sent shockwaves throughout the boxing community. Chisora made ridiculous remarks saying he was going to “shoot” Haye if he saw him in the street.
The Klitschko’s reaction to a Wild Chisora’s antics was very interesting. It didn’t bother Vitali that he was slapped across the face by his opponent. Wladimir, moments before older brother Vitali laced Chisora upside his head with his customary black and gold Grant Boxing gloves for twelve rounds, was unfazed by Chisora’s actions.
The Klitschkos, to their credit as true gentlemen of the sport, kept their composure and discipline. Neither behaved uncontrollably, especially Vitali. They weren’t focused on what Chisora did, but rather concentrated on what was the most important thing: Vitali winning the fight by out-performing Chisora.
For Vitali to pummel a Wild Chisora for twelve rounds with ease after having been slapped and watched his younger brother spat on spoke volumes as to the focus and determination the brothers have to keep the world heavyweight championships in the Klitschkos name.
Chisora may have boosted his profile with a series of disgraceful antics. Maybe he bought himself another pay-day by hopefully luring David Haye out of ‘retirement’ into a lucrative British heavyweight fight. Maybe Chisora is boxing’s newest bad boy in the post-Mike Tyson era.
But remember ladies and gentlemen, fighters that garner credentials for what they do outside the ring instead of what they’ve accomplished on the inside don’t really last long. Mike Tyson’s whole career was plagued by controversy and a wild lifestyle outside of boxing. But Tyson knew how to fight and was once considered the class of the heavyweight division in terms of overall speed, power, combination punching. Tyson was the youngest world heavyweight champion at age 20 and became the first to unify the WBC/WBA and IBF heavyweight championships and lost it in his tenth title defense in a major upset to Buster Douglas in February 1990.
Erratic behavior outside the ring may sell fights, but it’s the product that you are selling inside the ring – boxing skills – that will keep a fighter’s career in longevity.
Chisora may have ‘entertained’ everyone by disgracing himself, but he is nowhere the skill set of a Klitschko brothers, or even an ‘elite’ fighter. Dereck Chisora is the best of the C+ level, journeymen boxers in the sport. He went twelve rounds against the WBC world heavyweight champion and hardly won two rounds.
The judges scored the bout 118-110 (twice) and 119-109.
Perhaps the Klitschkos don’t have that Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, or Larry Holmes-like persona about them, but my goodness, the discipline, focus, control, and power they’ve showcased year-after-year will long outlast the antics of a Dereck Chisora or even a David Haye, who once upon a time, talked, and talked, and talked his way in to a heavyweight title fight with Wladimir. There was more action leading toward the fight-hype build-up that all the trash Haye talked outside the ring was supported by poor performance against Wladimir last July because of a ‘broken toe.’
Wladimir Klitschko releases statement
Wladimir Klitschko releases statement
Well, it’s onto the next one as Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs) seeks to attain his 50th career knockout against former unified WBC/WBA cruiserweight champion, Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs) on Saturday, March 3, at ESPIRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Klitschko was highly upset at the pre-post fight antics of Wild Chisora and released a very important statement:
Dear friends, I am shocked and deeply embarrassed by the actions of Dereck Chisora and his team over this past week. It saddens me how he represented the sport of boxing and disrespected the Champion of the World Vitali Klitschko at the weigh-in and fight night. But even more embarrassing and disgraceful to the sport was the post-fight press conference. With journalists from all over the world in attendance, this same man Dereck Chisora, got into a fight with Adam Booth, the trainer of David Haye, and David Haye himself. Dereck then promised out loudly multiple times right in front of the press to “personally SHOOT AND KILL David Haye!!!” For all of the great Champions from the past that have been polishing the image of the sport of boxing and giving it the glamour, respect and recognition while setting a good example for the youth of the world to follow, this type of behavior kills all that hard work from the former champs and teaches disrespect for the sport and fellow human beings. There has to be consequences for these kinds of actions and must never be tolerated by the boxing organizations, the media, fellow boxers and boxing fans. It must be stopped, otherwise the sport of boxing is going to go down the hill fast! I just wanted to share my feelings and thoughts with you and hope some type of action is taken to show the world that the sport of boxing WILL NOT tolerate this kind of behaviour. With respect, Wladimir Klitschko