Vitali took the early rounds in typical Klitschko fashion, smartly controlling distance and dropping jabs, straight rights and left hooks on the forward-pressing Chisora. The pressure, though, was having an effect. One of the judges saw Chisora getting an even round against Vitali in the first four, but I thought the 5th was the first round Chisora won. He was landing a lot of thudding body shots, and he connected with the hardest blow of the round overall. The 6th was relatively close, as was the 7th, two rounds I had them splitting, first Vitali then Chisora. The 8th was maybe the only round I've seen since the Lennox Lewis fight where Vitali clearly lost it -- Chisora was a ball of fury in that round, swarming Vitali.
Vitali recovered some to win the next few rounds fairly handily, but Vitali looked tired. Some might be inclined to blame his age, 40. Maybe it could be that. But I mainly blame Chisora doing all that body work. In theory, it's what people ought to have been doing to the Klitschko brothers all these years, but it's easier proposed than implemented. The difference for Chisora is that he absolutely wasn't scared of getting hit by Vitali, and he did a lot of good bobbing and weaving and working in the clinch. It wasn't nearly enough -- Vitali's still so skilled and tall and more physically gifted than he gets credit for that he ultimately won the fight with relative ease, even after giving away the 12th round.
Vitali, next, could face David Haye, although Haye will tell you Vitali doesn't want it. But the face-spitting thing, no matter how uncool it was, may line up Chisora for a fight with Wladimir. That's a mighty intriguing heavyweight fight -- if Chisora can connect on Wladimir like he did Vitali, which is also easier said than done. But remember when we hoped Haye would inject some juice into the heavyweight division with his antics and potential ability to compete with the Klitschkos? Turns out we had the wrong Brit. Turns out it's Chisora.
He slaps Vitali in the face in at the weigh-in, then spits water in Vladimir's the next night.
Then he gives Vitali the best fight anyone has given either of the Clinchko Bros. in the last 7 years, since Vlad vs. Sam Peter 1, as you pointed out, Starks.
After the decision is read, he gets right back in Vitali's face, still talking shit. Then he brawls with David Haye at the post-fight presser and declares, "I am going to physically shoot you, David".
What a weekend this man had. I love this man so much.
I think we can all agree that Derek Chisora is the new Heavyweight Champion of the World. God bless you, Derek, you sweet angel.
Vitali has lost his legs. Chis gave him as much as he could.
I am torn between admiring the Ks class and chivalry, and enjoying the bottle and chair stuff. Made my day.
Vitali has had his Lewis moment and could quite easily finish up now. Not much else to prove. And queue me up for a caged Chis Haye fight which would have this old never done anything glory days voyuer dripping saliva. Dont stand on his toe!
"But remember when we hoped Haye would inject some juice into the heavyweight division with his antics and potential ability to compete with the Klitschkos? Turns out we had the wrong Brit. Turns out it's Chisora."
Wrong Klitschko I think - Wlad fought a superbly controlled fight against Haye. Interesting to see the return fights though...
these klitschko brothers, especially vitali, fight like pregnant sloths. so slow moving like running molasses, they are excruciatingly....slow, what else?
@Pretty Toney I warned that I might turn on him a little, if he took it too far, and the spitting move and murder threat kind of put me over the edge.
But he's still not boring. That's for sure.
@gavaniacono I thought his legs looked pretty good early in that fight. Don't you think Chisora's body work slowed 'em down?
I'm not discounting the possibility this was the Lewis moment, though.
Chisora-Haye is a great fight, if they can refrain from crippling one another prior to the fight itself.
@FunkyBadger That's very possible, "wrong Klitschko." What comes next interests me, too.
@JeanDagul "pregnant sloths" is a pretty good line.
But I don't think they're as slow as they look. And this fight wasn't excruciating, mainly because of Chisora.