British boxing’s controversial figure Dereck Chisora has a lot to prove this coming Saturday night at Wembley Arena as ‘Del Boy’ attempts to put and end to his hellish run at the top level of the heavyweight division.
Since defeating Sam Sexton in September 2010, the charismatic 29 year-old holds just two low-key victories from his last six contests, both of which came against opponents with a serious number of losses on their record.
Tyson Fury, Robert Helenius, Vitali Klitschko and David Haye have since put dents in Chisora’s 20-fight career, leading to some suggesting, including myself, that the Londoner may have been pushed a shade too soon into the top level of competition.
Chisora’s plight against the dangerous Malik Scott this weekend has an air of the David Price about it and will see a distinct downturn in future opposition if the 36-fight unbeaten American inflicts yet another loss on the Briton.
Ironically, if things don’t go Chisora’s way against Scott, that could certainly open the door for a domestic battle with Price in the autumn, although promoter Frank Warren has warned his fighter that victory is his only option tomorrow night.
Opponent Scott, 32, has an impressive looking 35-0-1, 12 KO’s C.V by all accounts, although closer inspection would point out that the Philadelphian has only been in with one half-decent prospect in Vyacheslav Glazkov last time out and even could then only manage a draw against the Ukrainian.
In my eyes, Chisora and Scott look evenly matched on paper and seems to be the right fight at the right time so cudos to Frank Warren and his team. The winner of the clash is likely to be pushing towards the likes of Chris Arreola and Johnathon Banks on the fringes of the world title scene, whilst another setback for Chisora would be disastrous.