Boxer Dillian Whyte Looking to Repeat History in Rematch With Derek Chisora
Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte looks to defeat Derek Chisora for a second time this weekend.
Updated: Dec. 20, 2018 • 8:35 AM ET
London will host the Whyte-Chisora rematch this weekend.
Attempting to secure a major title shot, heavyweight boxing contender Dillian Whyte will take on veteran Derek Chisora this Saturday in Whyte’s home of London at the O2 Arena. The bout will be a rematch from 2016, which Whyte won by split-decision.
The 30-year-old Whyte (24-1, 17 KOs) is coming off perhaps the biggest win of his career, defeating former champion Joseph Parker by unanimous decision in July. The win was Whyte’s eighth straight since losing to current champion Anthony Joshua by seventh-round TKO in 2015. Whyte is looking to improve his record and re-enter the title conversation to possibly face Joshua again. He’ll have to wait in line for a shot at the champ but as long as he keeps winning, it will be tough to deny him another title shot.
Including Parker and Chisora, the Jamaica native turned London resident has key victories over Lucas Browne and Robert Helenius. His defeat of Parker earned him the WBC Silver Heavyweight title and the WBO International Heavyweight title, but he’s still fighting for a chance to capture his first major title. A loss to Chisora would be a major setback, as he and Chisora looked evenly matched in their first fight.
Whyte has made it clear that he dislikes his upcoming opponent.
"Dereck is just an arrogant, ignorant guy,” Whyte said via BBC Sport. “Now he says he has changed his life and he is a born again Christian but let's see. He is not a nice guy at all and he has this persona about him where he thinks he is better than everyone else, which I don't like. I saw the signs early."
Whyte added, "Dereck is a tough man though, he is like a black Viking - the more pain he gets the harder he pushes. As much as I hate him, he is a proud man - he has his qualities."
Whyte hopes that with each fight that he can continue to motivate anyone in and out of his corner.
"I just want to be seen as what I am, just look beyond TV/social media and you will see what kind of person I am,” Whyte said. “ I want people to see you can go from nothing to the top and if I did it then anybody can. I would like to say I can change millions of lives, but realistically if my journey inspires 10 people to go to university or to achieve something, then I think I've done my job."
Chisora is riding a two-fight winning streak, most recently defeating former title challenger Carlos Takam by eighth-round TKO in July. He has gone 3-2 since losing the split-decision to Whyte with all three wins coming by TKO. His last three losses have come by decision, two of them via a split.
The 34-year-old Chisora (29-8, 21 KOs) has fought some of the best fighters from the heavyweight division. Aside Whyte, he has fought Kubrat Pulev, former champion Tyson Fury (twice), Kevin Johnson, David Haye, former champion Vitali Klitschko and Danny Williams.
Chisora began his professional career in 2007, and the Zimbabwe native believes his experience will help him produce a different result in the rematch.
“The first time I fought him it was only the second time I’ve ever been scheduled for 12 rounds and the time before that I got stopped,” Chisora said via Bad Left Hook. “I remember the first time I went past five rounds it was like ‘oh crap, this is round six, round seven.’ But now I’ve been there and I’ve done it.
“I’m experienced and I show different things in different rounds. Even in my last fight, I got put down in the 12th round and got up and did what I had to do to win the fight.”
Both fighters are residents of the United Kingdom, so the tension in the O2 Arena will be high, as both men have much to prove to each other and the boxing world.
A title fight between Cristofer Rosales and Charlie Edwards for Rosales’ WBC flyweight title will also be on Saturday’s card. Rosales will defend the title for the second time after winning it with a ninth-round TKO of Daigo Higa in April. He defended the belt just four months later in August, knocking out Paddy Barnes in the fourth round.
Rosales (28-3, 19 KOs) has won five straight since losing to Andrew Selby by unanimous decision in May 2017; and despite the three losses, he has never been finished inside the ring. Including Higa and Barnes, the 24-year-old Nicaraguan has key victories over Mohammed Obbadi and Sebastian Sanchez.
Since losing to John Riel Casimero for the IBF flyweight title in 2016, UK fighter Edwards (13-1, 6 KOs) has put together a five-fight winning streak, most recently defeating Anthony Nelson via third-round TKO in June. The 25-year-old Edwards will have the home crowd on his side, as he again looks to win his first major title.
• The fights can be seen on Showtime at 5:30 p.m. ET this Saturday.
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