When I said Derek Chisora was ready for the world stage after winning his last fight this isn’t what I had in mind. It appears Chisora could land a fight with Wladimir Klitschko on December 11th.
A report originating from the Daily Mail in the UK says that the fight has been offered to Chisora (14-0 9 KO). It doesn’t give any word on the chances of Chisora taking the fight.
He is currently the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion and those titles would be surrendered if he took the fight.
Most people are probably groaning and wanting to punch something right now and rightfully so. Chisora is a undeserving challenger if there ever was one and on paper it is a total mismatch.
He has a nice knockout percentage and three quality wins over Sam Sexton (2x) and a old Danny Williams. As far as steps in class go this may be the biggest one you ever see.
He hasn’t fought a top 30 heavyweight unless you consider Sexton on the fringe of that. Taking a step from a borderline top 30 heavyweight to the best in the world is a few steps up.
He at least has some power, heart, and he is surely confident of himself. Chisora has only been past the eighth round once and stamina would be an issue if the fight makes it that far.
As far as him not deserving this challenge who is Klitschko supposed to fight? He has beat most of the top 10 heavyweights and has done so in dominating fashion. This is how the top 10 looks right now.
1. Wladimir Klitschko
2. Vitali Klitschko
3. David Haye
4. Tomasz Adamek
5. Alexander Povetkin
6. Eddie Chambers
7. Tony Thompson
8. Ruslan Chagaev
9. Cristobal Arreola
10. Odlanier Solis
He has beaten Chambers, Thompson, and Chagaev already. Haye wont fight him, Adamek seems to be building towards a fight with Vitali, and Povetkin has pulled out of fights with Wladimir twice.
That leaves his brother, Arreola, and Solis. He wont fight Vitali, Arreola probably would take the fight but is hurt at the moment, and Solis seems happy working his way up and fighting bums.
That doesn’t leave many options for Wladimir. Nikolay Valuev may have been an option if he was healthy but he isn’t. James Toney is another option coming off of his UFC 118 fame but he would get drubbed.
That leaves nobody really for Wladimir to fight. He is going to have to take an easy touch no matter what and Chisora may be the best of the easy touches out there.
This also gives him a opponent they can market in England and quite honestly it puts the spotlight on Haye who ducked Wladimir yet again to fight pro flop Audley Harrison.
At least Wladimir would be fighting the best British heavyweight outside of Haye. If nothing else comes of this fight it will be the spotlight on Haye and may force him into a fight with Wladimir.
This was originally written for and published on www.kissingthecanvas.com.