In one of the most unfulfilling fights anyone has witnessed this year, Dereck "Del Boy" Chisora (17-4, 11 KO) defeated Malik "King" Scott (32-1) by sixth-round KO on Saturday night at Wembley Arena in London.
Chisora landed an overhand right off the top of Scott's head that didn't seem to be extremely hard. However, Scott appeared to go to a knee partly because of the punch and partly due to Chisora's momentum and weight coming in after the blow.
Scott accepted the knockdown and stayed on one knee. He was seemingly taking the eight count from the referee, but Scott apparently miscounted or lost focus of the count. As he began to rise after the nine count, the referee waived the fight off, counting Scott out.
He protested a bit, but not to the degree you would expect considering the situation. The referee did appear to call an end to the fight about half-a-second too early, but Scott wasn't nearly as livid as most fighters would have been.
He had every right to be outraged with what appeared to be a quick count.
The fact that he was outboxing Chisora through five-plus rounds further supports that concept. Chisora had begun to do solid work to the body, so perhaps Scott was feeling the effects of those shots to the midsection. But Scott's length, jab and athleticism had created an early lead on the scorecards.
Chisora never seemed the least bit bothered by any of Scott's offense, and he did look poised for a late run.
Even still, this was a bizarre ending to a fight that was shaping up to offer an interesting ending.
This was by far Scott's biggest fight of his career. He might have proved to boxing fans that he lacks the mettle required to compete at a high level in the sport. He came into the fight with a gaudy 32-0-1 record, with the draw coming in his last fight against Ukrainian Vyacheslav Glazkov.
Scott was robbed in that fight as he easily outboxed Glazkov but had to settle for the draw. After that controversial result didn't go his way, he showed little to no emotion as well. Perhaps that is just his way.
In any case, Saturday night's fight ended terribly, and it is hard to imagine Chisora's stock rising after this win. Considering he had lost four of his last six fights coming in—and he was getting outboxed in this one—the win is perhaps the most hollow of Del Boy's short career.
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