Vitali Klitschko has been holding camp with brother Wladimir as the two prepare for fights on February 18 and March 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Vitali Klitschko will be defending his WBC heavyweight title against Britain's aggressive, cocky, and generally exciting Dereck Chisora on February 18 in Germany, and the veteran star has made clear that he feels Chisora is absolutely worthy of the shot, and he's expecting a tough challenge. From BoxingScene.com
"Dereck is hungry for success, young, and he's an aggressive fighter. He is constantly moving forward. In the last fight he defeated Robert Helenius, but the judges awarded the victory to the Finn. But everyone knows that Chisora won the fight. At the present time, there is no better opponent than him. I'm positive that it's going to be a very interesting fight from start to finish."
Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO) last fought on September 10, fairly easily defeating a game but undersized Tomasz Adamek in Poland. Chisora, as Vitali says, last fought on December 3 in Finland, losing a very controversial decision to Robert Helenius.
Chisora (15-2, 9 KO) doesn't have the prettiest W-L record out there, but he's a legit top ten heavyweight and I believe Vitali is right: He was as good a challenger as was available for February 18. His "loss" to Helenius didn't do anything but raise the general opinion of Chisora, who showed what he can do when he's dedicated, in shape, and focused.
Like Vitali also says, Chisora is an aggressive, sometimes reckless fighter. He's not one who has ever shown fear of getting hit or getting hurt. He's there to be hit, and while that obviously does make Vitali the heavy favorite (as always), it also does give us a better chance of getting a genuinely good fight out of this. The Klitschkos are criticized for dull fights, but it takes two to tango, and too often their opponents just don't take any risks. Chisora's a risk-taker by trade.
I'm looking forward to this one. I do expect Klitschko to win somewhat handily as I think he's just too good for Chisora, but this is an opponent who won't (knock on wood) just be showing up for a payday. And that's something to look forward to, at least. Chisora will come to fight.