On Saturday December 22nd at the O2 Arena in Manchester, England, heavyweights Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (24-1, 17KO) and Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (29-8, 21KO) will square off again in part two of their bitter rivalry.
After losing the first meeting by controversial split decision (115-113, 114-115, 115-114), Chisora has promised to “unleash armageddon” in the ring and deliver a win via knockout. To go along with that prediction, he has also stated that he will come into the ring better conditioned for the later rounds, in contrast to the last fight, when he began to show signs of fading down the stretch.
Dillian Whyte has made Chisora’s stamina issues a point of emphasis, and has stated that he plans to “ride the donkey until his back legs give out again”. Whyte using the term “donkey” in reference to his rival is something Chisora shrugs off when asked about, but you get a sense it digs at him a bit.
There is still no love loss between these two, but everything has been calm leading up to the battle in comparison to 2016, when a press conference went from trading insults, to Chisora picking up and launching a table at Whyte. Don’t expect any blow ups like this as Chisora has stated that everything in his life is different now after finding God.
While we may not get the same pre fight antics this time around, hopefully we get action in the ring that is equal to the first bout if not better.
The first fight had many of the rounds too close to call and scoring came down to what style, the pressure of Chisora or countering of Whyte, was more pleasing to the eye of a particular judge. For what it’s worth, I had the fight scored a draw at 114-114.
Both men have said that round two will top the first meeting, and a possible crack at the golden ticket that is Unified Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua, adds incentive outside of the good old fashioned genuine dislike the two have for one another. If all goes well, we the fans could have a late Fight of the Year candidate on our hands.