Chisora KO’s Scott with questionable count, Saunders canters
Finchley heavyweight Dereck Chisora scored the biggest win of his career at Wembley Arena after being gifted the fight by a combination of opponent Malik Scott and referee Phil Edwards’ debatable timing.
Chisora, 29, was undoubtedly behind on the judges scorecards when an overhand right in the sixth round put the tall American on the canvas and Edwards then began his count as it reached five with Scott dazed.
Clearly giving Scott every opportunity to get up before reaching anywhere near ten, Edwards upped the volume of his count as he headed to eight and nine, although the undefeated Philadelphian left it too late to rise to his feet.
Criticism is certain to now come the way of both Edwards and Scott for what was a farcical stoppage, although not actually counting the final number ten will certainly be the main topic in the aftermath.
32 year-old Scott firstly looked stunned at the decision, but then seemed to accept what had happened moments later as Chisora ended his 36-fight streak and put himself back in the frame at the top end of the division.
On the undercard, Billy Joe Saunders scored a one-sided points win over Gary O’Sullivan, whilst prospects Frank Buglioni, Steve Collins Jr. and Bradley’s Skeete and Saunders scored victories to preserve their perfect records.