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Written by Jake Wallwork

Punchbag blog talks Vitali's track record with British heavyweights, and the scale of the task Chisora has in front of him.


In one of the most anticipated heavyweight fights of the year so far, WBC Heavyweight champion of the world Vitali Klitschko will take on Britain’s Dereck Chisora and look to successfully defend his prestigious belt for the ninth time since he made a comeback to the sport in 2008 after a four year layoff.

Both Klitschko brothers Wladimir and Vitali have a history with fighting British heavyweights. Especially Vitali. Yes, most recently Wladimir fought David Haye, but throughout his career Vitali has been sharing the ring with a Brit on a regular basis.

The first was Julius Francis. At seventeen and zero with seventeen knockouts Vitali continued his one hundred percent knockout ratio by stopping Francis in the second round. With all due respect to Francis, this was Vitali’s easiest time in the ring with an Englishman.

But not by much, in 1999 Vitali fought for his first world title against Herbie Hide. Hide was the favourite for the fight and had a decent first round. But the fight quickly went in the favour of ‘Dr Iron fist’ and Vitali knocked Hide out in the second round. Hide took a hiding (sorry.)

That was two second round stoppage victories over two Brits. Next up was the legendary Lennox Lewis. Vitali came close to scoring another stoppage victory in the second round over a Brit, but Lewis survived the Vitali onslaught. Lewis and Vitali fought hard and the fight was stopped on cuts and Vitali was handed his second career defeat and his only defeat to a British boxer.

Just one and a half years later and Vitali came up against Danny Williams. After his fight with Lewis, Vitali was probably sick of the sight of fighting English heavyweights. Vitali dominated every second of every round and eventually stopped Williams in the eighth round after scoring multiple knock downs.

Three wins from four fights to British boxers is a record to be proud of. Will Dereck Chisora become another Danny Williams? Or follow in the footsteps of Lennox Lewis and beat the Ukrainian heavyweight?

Probably not. Most experts believe that Derek’s aggressive come forward style will be tailor made for Vitali and Dereck will be on the end of a one sided beat down like American Chris Arreola. But there are differences between Chisora and Arreola.

Chisora is faster, and moves his head. Arreola just walked forward with no head movement whatsoever and was a sitting duck for Vitali’s awkward punches. Not only has Chisora got head movement, but he has very good head movement. The way Chisora made Helenius miss on a regular basis was impressive.

But Vitali is a whole different animal to Robert Helenius. Vitali can box on the back foot, has a good defence, and throws a lot of punches. So I’m inclined to agree with those experts who say Chisora’s style is made for Vitali Klitschko.

It is a mammoth task for Chisora to overcome.

Upsets

If Chisora somehow wins, it will be one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. That is how big the task Dereck has been handed is. But upsets can happen; the underdog can do the unthinkable and beat the overwhelming favourite.

But it usually happens once in a life time sort of thing.

Corries Sanders beat Wladimir Klitschko, Hasim Rahman beat Lennox Lewis, and Buster Douglas beat Mike Tyson. Will the words ‘Dereck Chisora beat Vitali Klitschko’ be added to the list of some of the biggest heavyweight upsets of all time? Why not? He has a punchers chance which is more than Vitali’s recent challenger Tomasz Adamek had.

To sum up, I really want Chisora to win, and it would be good to have another English Heavyweight champion of the world, but the size of the task is too big for Chisora to handle. I’ll still be watching with a keen interest.

Make sure you watch Boxnation on Saturday night which is where you can see ‘Del Boy’ in action, and also Liverpool’s Steven Smith on the undercard.