By Jack Price @PriceyJ97 - @BoxingOpinions1
On Saturday night (September 21st) on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders Vs John Ryder at the CopperBox Arena, British heavyweight Dereck Chisora scored arguably the most impressive victory of his career, putting on a close to punch-perfect performance against tough German Edmund Gerber. The impressive victory not only pushed him up the rankings, but also earned him the EBU European heavyweight title.
Chisora entered the ring in a worrying state. The controversial 29-year old made his entrance in tears as he remembered his late friend Dean Powell who sadly passed away just two weeks ago. However, he wiped away the tears, got rid of any worries in his mind and started the fight in an aggressive but also composed way. He came forward throwing big shots like he always does, but his work was more controlled this time. His punches were accurate and most of them were connecting and hurting Gerber. It was a fast and effective start from the Londoner.
His high work rate didn’t dip once throughout the fight. He remained in control for four rounds before picking up the pace and piling the pressure on the German in round 5, forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight. Gerber did have one bit of success in the fight, which came in round 4. He landed a crushing right hand to the head of Chisora, forcing the Brit to get on his bike for a minute or so. But unfortunately for Gerber, he couldn’t capitalise and Chisora came back even stronger to win the round. All-in-all, I believe this was the best Chisora has ever performed in his professional career and he has made a big statement with it.
‘Delboy’, now 18-4 with 12 KO’s, is looking in incredible shape and form right now. Coming off of the two biggest wins of his career, his confidence and attitude is looking great, and it’s clear to see both inside and outside of the ring. He said in the post-fight interview that he has decided to dedicate himself to the sport for the next three years “to see where it gets” him. Well, I can’t tell the future but if he keeps doing what he’s doing now then he can do a lot in the heavyweight division over the next three years. It looks as though he’s only a couple of fights away from another world title shot, and if the timing and opponent is right, maybe he could be an outside pick to become Britain’s next heavyweight world champ. You never know in this sport.