By Allan Cerf
On December 22, it’s Dillian “The Body Snatcher Whyte” vs. Dereck ‘War’ Chisora at the O2, London, England
Background: Let’s talk styles. Whyte is a guy who looks out-of-shape, pudgy – even his arms look fat, but is actually pretty darn quick. A majority of his punches, hooks from both sides- are swinging and telegraphed but both the hooks and other shots which are straight down the middle, somehow get there. Ask Joshua.
Chisora, a northwest Londoner, has the damndest style. He plants both feet and fires most shots with full shoulder, but absolutely no legs or trunk. He also throws the winging, overhand right often – looking either like A.J. when finishing – or the town drunk. Somehow his blows get there – ask David Haye. Both men will find each other in the ring. I had Chisora soundly beating Whyte in their split decision – judges saw it otherwise.
Chisora, an immigrant from Zimbabwe, is almost a pantomime villain, while Whyte is a sensible-seeming immigrant from Jamaica – a quick-witted dude who says he has zero education – well… he’s picked some up on the job. On arrival in the UK, Chisora acquired an accent, and a parole officer but is, like Miles Davis, an enigma – deeply knowledgeable about dogs, jazz and antiques but who states he has little interest in studying his opponents or boxing history. (Of the former, Haye will be sure he’s studied Whyte.) Most of Chisora’s stunts have backfired – he spit on Vlad and Vitali beat him up. He stepped up to Haye who’d crashed Chisora’s press conference. Haye then landed three warp speed, heavy punches on him-before knocking down three of Chisora’s entourage. We should all have sat up when Fury stopped Chisora with ease – and realized Fury has power – alas another story.
Fighter’s Grades: (Speed, Power, Defense, Reach, Age, Stamina, Experience)
Dereck Chisora: B C+ C+ C+ C- B A (Average of all) B- (2.7)
Dillian Whyte: B B- B B- B B B+ (Average of all) B (3.0)
Reality check: This should be a fight that delivers classic British Value for Money – while it lasts. The fact that Haye has taken over Chisora’s late career means nothing I think; yeah, they’ve dropped the “Del Boy” nickname, but Chisora is a finished product as is Whyte. Whyte has considerably less miles on the odometer and is much taller with a far better reach.
Fight and prediction: A hard call. Both fighters have odd styles that work and real ability. Both are fighting for the pound note – and not legacy. Whyte smacked the hell out of Joshua and then placidly allowed Joshua to regain control and KO him. Chisora retired in his corner versus Fury. In future, I’ll have to review the judges. Give me Whyte in a decision he probably doesn’t deserve, in a thrilling fight.
Whyte decision 12 Chisora