Dereck "Del Boy" Chisora (19-4, 13 KO) had a few anxious moments at the Copper Box Arena in London, but in the end, his chin and constant pressure proved to be too much for Ondrej Pala (32-4) on Saturday night.
Chisora stopped Pala in the third round after mounting his best charge of the fight. The win earned him the WBO and WBA international heavyweight titles.
Chisora took two hard shots from Pala in the first two rounds. Both punches were left hooks, and the second one seemed to wobble him a bit more than the first. Chisora never lost his wherewithal, but it's safe to say he felt the sting.
In the third round, he increased his work rate and began landing hard shots to the body. A solid combination to Pala's head sent the Czechoslovakian fighter into the ropes. He didn't appear to be terribly hurt, but he turned his back in the corner while Chisora was firing shots.
That is usually a signal that a fighter is giving up. Referee Jan Christensen called a halt to the bout at that point. While Pala seemed upset by the referee's decision, Christensen did the right thing. When a boxer turns his back in a fight, the referee is supposed to stop the action.
A similar situation occurred when Alfred Angulo fought Erislandy Lara in June. Angulo's orbital bone had been fractured, and he turned his back in an effort to surrender. While Pala obviously hadn't suffered that type of injury, the referee didn't know that and had to react to the action.
Chisora continued his recent roll after a tough stretch. After losing three straight fights, he has now won his last four. He's trying to rebuild his stock in the heavyweight division in hopes of attracting another opportunity at a world title.
Though it may seem that he has been around forever, he's still only 29. In a division where the top dogs are 42-year-old Vitali and 37-year-old Wladimir Klitschko, Chisora may be able to wait out the Ukrainian brothers.
In any case, we'll see what type of opportunity Del Boy's most recent win affords him.
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