It wasn't exciting, but then that was never an expectation. Dereck Chisora handled his business today at the Copper Box in London, beating Kevin Johnson on scores of 118-109, 118-109, and 118-110 to improve his record to 20-4 (13 KO) in a rather dull affair that was pretty much par for the course with Johnson fights.
Johnson (29-5-1, 14 KO) had his normal performance against this level of opposition, trying his best to stay out of any trades or much action at all, occasionally showing flashes of what he could do if he were more willing to take risks, and in the end, giving away the fight without giving the opponent much to work with.
Chisora did floor Johnson in the fight on an awkward, sort of flailing right hand that glanced off the top of Johnson's head, but "Kingpin" made it up and survived that fifth round fairly easily, and was otherwise never in any real trouble.
Chisora was supposedly setting up to face Tyson Fury this summer in a rematch of their 2011 fight, won by Fury. Fury did his part earlier on the show, stopping Joey Abell in four rounds, and was at ringside to offer some critiques of the Chisora-Johnson fight -- with the usual Fury mix of candor and salesman-like exaggeration.
But after the fight, Chisora called out former WBA "regular" titleholder Alexander Povetkin, who hasn't fought since his October loss to Wladimir Klitschko. Will Chisora-Fury II be next up, or is Dereck not aiming for that fight after all?