Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora scored a sixth round KO
of previously unbeaten American Malik Scott in somewhat controversial
circumstances at the Wembley Arena in London on Saturday night.
In round 1 Chisora looked to cut off the ring and put pressure on the
taller Scott. Chisora had some success to the body and a straight right
drew a smile from the American. Scott however ended the round with a
swelling around his right eye.
Scott showed his class in the 2nd
with some crisp left
hooks and quick uppercuts on the inside, but Chisora, undeterred,
continued to stalk him for the remainder of the round.
In round 3 Scott started to put his punches together and scored with
some quick combinations, and also had success with the right uppercut.
Chisora pressed forward and landed with a left hook. Both fighters got
shots off up close, Chisora favouring the body and Scott the head.
Chisora went to work in the fourth and landed a series of good body
shots when the American’s back was against the ropes. Scott returned
fire, and whipped in a useful left to the body. Scott was cautioned for
using the elbow at the end of the round
round saw the Philadelphian start strongly reeling
of fast combinations and landing a hard left hook to the head of the
Londoner. Chisora, who seemed to only have one gear, forward, looked for
openings but landed little of any consequence.
In the 6th
Scott seemed to be brushing off "Del Boy’s"
blows with smiles until Chisora landed a chopping right hand that downed
the American. Scott, appearing composed and looking intently at the
referee, glanced to his corner and nodded, suggesting a clear head. He
took too long crouching though because as he looked back to the referee
the count had reached 9. By the time Malik was up on his feet the fight
had been waved off, much to the disbelief of the Scott corner and a
large portion of the crowd. The respected Russ Abner in Malik’s corner
took this decision particularly badly, unleashing a tirade of verbal
abuse at the referee, claiming - vociferously but mistakenly - that
Scott was up at 8.
The stoppage did indeed feel premature; the fight was warming up
nicely with Chisora beginning to impose himself and Scott finding his
rhythm, exhibiting some slick skills.
Immediately after the fight an unmarked and lucid Chisora came down
to speak to the press: “He had good speed, but he started talking in
that last round, and you know when someone’s talking, well, I wasn’t
saying anything and thought forget this I’m going to keep going after
him and that’s what I did”
Chisora admitted to nerves before the fight, promoter Frank Warren
insisted “I pushed him for this fight, I believed in him and I knew if
he was right he would do him”.
Warren continued: “We want Deontay Wilder next for our show on
September 21st in the Copperbox Arena if he’s got the balls to do it.”
Chisora moves to 17-4-0 with the victory and Scott drops to 35-1-1.
The fight was scheduled for 10 rounds for the vacant WBO