By Charles Saunders – Sonahr
July 21, 2013, HALIFAX, NS – So, David Haye didn’t knock all the fight out of Dereck Chisora after all. The beatdown Chisora absorbed when Haye stopped him in their all-British grudge match last year would have taken the heart out of most men.
But Chisora came roaring back on Saturday to knock out undefeated American prospect Malik Scott in the sixth round of another grudge fight at Wembley Arena in London. For Chisora, it seems that every fight is an opportunity to indulge in trash talk reminiscent of the garbage that used to spew from Mike Tyson’s mouth. Scott matched Chisora insult for insult in the pre-fight buildup. But the Philadelphian couldn’t match Chisora blow-for-blow in the ring.
Scott came into the match with a record of 35-0-1. But only 12 of his wins were by knockout, which would suggest that as a Philadelphia fighter, he is more of a Jimmy Young than a Joe Frazier. The biggest names on his record were fringe contenders Charles Shufford and David Bostice. In his last outing, he fought to a controversial draw with then-undefeated Vyacheslav Glazkov.
Chisora had lost four of his 20 bouts going into Saturday’s encounter. But those losses came at the hands of Haye, Vitali Klitschko, Robert Helenius and Tyson Fury. Until the kayo by Haye, Chisora was regarded as a durable warrior who’d be a tough out for anyone. He figured to provide a solid test for Scott, who at age 32 needed to move to the next level before time ran out on him.
As it turned out, time ran out on Scott in the sixth stanza of the Chisora fight. After five fairly even rounds of combat, Chisora landed a right that deposited Scott on the deck. Scott rose to his feet at – depending on the observer – either Referee Phil Edwards’s count of nine, or just before Edwards was about to reach the ten-count. Either way, Edwards waved the bout over, much to the chagrin of Scott.
So, another American heavyweight hopeful crashes and burns. It used to be the British heavyweights who were jokingly known as “horizontal.” Now, it’s the American big boys who often – but not always – get bounced off the canvas when they venture across the Atlantic.
The best bet for both Chisora and Scott is a rematch. Two other recently-defeated heavyweight prospects – American Seth Mitchell and Brit David Price – opted for immediate rematches against their conquerors, Johnathon Banks and Tony Thompson respectively. Mitchell won redemption in his rematch; Price didn’t.
It would make sense, both professionally and financially, for Chisora and Scott to meet again. Another fight at Wembley would generate big purses for both men. Although the win over Scott is a good one for Chisora, it doesn’t catapult him to the top tier of candidates for a shot at either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko (Chisora has already lost to Vitali). Unless the Klitschko brothers hang up their gloves before, say, the end of next year, Chisora will be basically a high-grade gate-keeper, rather than a compelling contender.
As for Scott, he needs to prove to himself that he lost to the referee rather than to Chisora. Thus, look for Chisora-Scott II somewhere down the line.
Charles R. Saunders is the author of several books including Sweat and Soul: The Saga of Black Boxers in the Maritimes from the Halifax Forum to Caesars Palace, as well as the Imaro series of fantasy/adventure novels. Considered by many to be one of the leading authorities on boxing in Canada, he is the current Vice-President of Boxing for the Society of North American Sports Historians and Researchers. His award-winning novel, Damballa, which centers around a fictional heavyweight title bout, is available at Amazon.com.