Comebacking heavyweight Dereck Chisora (17-4, 11 KOs) knocked out Malik Scott (35-1, 12 KOs) in round six at the Wembley Arena in London, England.
The ending was controversial.
Scott was on one knee and looked fine as referee Phil Edwards administered the count. He appeared to rise before Edwards reached 10, but the referee waved the fight off.
"I’m a professional. Dereck hit me with a good shot, I gave myself an eight-count and was up at nine," said Scott after the fight.
"Dereck fought a great fight," he added.
Scott, 32, easily outboxed Chisora in rounds one and two. He utilized his height and reach advantage by jabbing and throwing occasional uppercuts. Chisora, 29, fought aggressively, but not very effectively.
Chisora did a little better in the third round, but the rangy Scott was still controlling the bout. Chisora won round four on the basis of his bodywork. Scott bounced back to take the fifth stanza by controlling the distance and catching Chisora with a sharp uppercut.
The end came suddenly in round six. Chisora bulled Scott to the ropes and landed a heavy shot that caught Scott on the side of the head. The Philadelphia fighter went down on his knees. He glanced at his corner and smiled.
“I knew if I caught him he was going to go down, and I caught him,” said Chisora. “I want to go back to Germany and fight Vitali again.”
The bout was televised on BoxNation.
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