Dillian Whyte made a statement tonight on Showtime, knocking out Dereck Chisora (29-9, 21 KOs) in the late rounds of their heavyweight rematch. The official stoppage came at 1:56 of Round 11.
Chisora came into this fight looking to be in great condition, and started the fight with a furious pace, strafing Whyte all over the ring as Whyte tried to box and pick his shots. The only problem was that Chisora wasn’t giving Whyte much time or space to pick those shots, and Chisora looked to be controlling the action.
But by the middle rounds Chisora began to tire and once his pace dropped Whyte was able to box much more effectively, and his straight shots started to find the mark more and more often. Chisora didn’t back down, however, and continued to come forward and mix it up with Whyte. Both fighters got a little dirty at times, using their heads, forearms, and landing some shots that strayed below the belt, but the referee seemed to be much more harsh on Chisora than Whyte for those illegal tactics.
In the 8th round of a close fight, Chisora was deducted a point for a punch land landed a bit low, but didn’t seem to warrant a point deduction. Then, in the 11th round, Whyte blatantly pushed Chisora’s head down during an inside exchange, and leaned on Chisora’s neck. Chisora, who was frustrated with the move, retaliated by flicking an elbow at Whyte, and the referee took yet another point away from Chisora.
At that point it seemed clear that Chisora probably wouldn’t be able to win the fight on points. So Chisora pressed even more until he walked right into that big left hand from Whyte just moments later, ending the fight.
In the aftermath of the fight Whyte (25-1, 18 KOs) called for a rematch with unified champion Anthony Joshua, who was sitting ringside. Joshua said that he was willing to fight Whyte again, but that his first priority was still to make an undisputed title unification with Deontay Wilder.