Dereck Chisora’s clash with the unbeaten Malik Scott looks to likely to provide an absorbing clash of styles at Wembley Stadium and a lean looking ‘Del Boy’ is taken to pressure his way to stoppage victory.
The unbeaten Scott’s 35-0-1 ledger looks impressive, but it doubles up as a history in cautiousness, with the American coming nowhere near a world title tilt thus far.
His controversial draw with Vyacheslav Glazkov last time out – in which he was denied a victory many thought he deserved – was the sternest examination of his meandering career to date.
The American is a back foot boxer and likes to fight from distance, landing crisp and well-aimed combinations. Chisora on the other hand is bullying inside fighter, as a result much will depend upon whether the Brit has the fitness to put his opponent under pressure.
Until he was demolished by David Haye, Chisora had never been knocked down, let alone stopped and if Vitali Klitschko couldn’t bang out the Finchley fighter, then Scott – who has beaten just 12 of his 35 victims inside the distance – is unlikely to be clocking off early with a winner’s pay cheque at Wembley.
Pictures of the fight’s weigh-in show Chisora – inseparable from his opponent at 10/11 in the betting – looking in as good a shape as he has done for some time and the tail of the tape agreed, with the Brit his lightest since his clash with Klitschhko last February.
The former British heavyweight boss has been discussing his improved diet in the lead up to this fight and that certainly seemed evident on the scales, lending further credence to the idea that a well-conditioned ‘Del Boy’ may be able keep up a high pressure inside game long enough to land his opponent in hot water.
Chisora is no pat-a-cake puncher either – having stopped 10 of his 16 victims – and given Scott’s chin has yet to stand up to examination from fighters who have competed at as high a level as the Brit, there must be a chance that he may succumb inside the distance.
The Finchley man can be backed to get his career back on track with a win by KO/TKO or disqualification at 4/1, with the ‘fight not to g the distance’ bet a well priced insurance wager at 2/1.
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