Vitali Klitschko rode out a storm to defend his WBC heavyweight title in Munich on Saturday night with a points win over Britain’s Dereck Chisora.
The fight had been overshadowed by the pre-fight antics of the challenger, Chisora, and the chaotic nature of the events at the Olympiahalle did little to soften a spiteful atmosphere.
After a reported run-in involving the Klitschko camp and Chisora’s entourage over the Londoner’s hand wraps, there was a 20 minute delay which culminated in Chisora spitting water into the face of Wladimir- Vitali’s younger brother.
Inside the ring Chisora, who weighed in nearly two stone lighter than he did against Tyson Fury last July, was largely the aggressor and despite shipping a number of punishing blows early on, refused to bow to the champion’s pressure.
New WBC rules dictate that the judges’ scorecards are announced after the fourth and eighth rounds of the contest and after seeing the first four sessions reasonably closely, it was clear in the final third of the fight that for all Chisora’s bravery he would need a stoppage.
Despite landing a number of concussive blows over the 12 rounds, it was the challenger’s body shots that really appeared to have the greatest impact- visibly redenning the rib cage of the elder Klitschko. However, after rallying well between rounds six and nine, Chisora began to back off enough for his decorated foe to re-engage his jab and close out the night in reasonable comfort.
The final scorecards had Klitschko a 118-110, 118-110 and 119-111 winner and although the Ukranian will count this as a potentially tricky obstacle overcome, Chisora joins a select group of only four men from 44 to have lasted to the final bell.
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