Dereck Chisora says he won't go looking for the knockout on Saturday when he faces WBC heavyweight titlist Vitali Klitschko, but that he feels he's going to be able to get one by pushing the pace and tiring out the 40-year-old Ukrainian.
From the Daily Star:
"If he doesn’t go down I will just keep working. I’m not going there looking for a knockout, I’m going there to out-work this guy. I would leave myself vulnerable by looking for a knockout. He’s going to feel the pace by the middle rounds and then I will knock him out in the eighth round. A lot of his opponents are defeated before they even walk to the ring but I’m not scared of this guy. I’ve got speed – and speed kills. He will look his age."
Chisora (15-2, 9 KO) does keep a high workrate when he's in shape, and all reports are that he's kept himself fit between fights this time and is taking this as the big opportunity that it is. Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO) is a powerful man who also stays in shape constantly, but he's 40 years old and has not been pressed with a rough pace since making his comeback in 2008.
Vitali says he expects a tough fight in this one, giving credit to Chisora for really winning his last fight, a controversial points loss on the road against Robert Helenius in December. I don't think Vitali Klitschko has ever taken any opponent lightly, no matter how tough or easy they figured to be, and this will without question be a massive step up in class for Chisora, but at this point fighting the Klitschkos is a massive step up in class for anyone, unless their last fight was the other Klitschko.
I don't know what it is, but I've just got a really good feeling about this fight. Not so much that we'll see an upset and thus a passing of the torch, but that we're going to see an entertaining fight. Chisora is frankly not a nice guy -- he's got a genuine mean streak in him and a serious chip on his shoulder at all times. I really don't believe he's scared of Vitali, and he's right when he says many opponents are before they ever get into the ring with the big man.
I'm not banking on Chisora winning, or even coming close. I am banking on him making Vitali work, making him throw leather, and making him fight. Maybe I'll be proven wrong, but I'm really feeling this fight.