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Classic Fight: Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora slug it out in Manchester brawl

Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora talked a good game ahead of their first fight, and they lived up to their own hype.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Back in 2016, Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora were set for a domestic dust-up in Manchester, featuring on the Anthony Joshua-Eric Molina undercard.

The build-up was eventful. Chisora (26-6, 18 KO coming in) was at his villainous best, flipping over tables at press events and the like. He’d had his setbacks, but as is still the case today, when Derek Chisora is up for a fight, he’s a tough, dangerous guy who comes to fight.

He did that against Whyte (19-1, 15 KO coming in). Whyte had just one loss, to Anthony Joshua, and was looking to get back to the big fights. Chisora was a roadblock, but one to be taken seriously.

You may have forgotten just how brutal and exciting this fight was. It was the easy heavyweight Fight of the Year for 2016 and a legitimate Fight of the Year contender overall. If perhaps you didn’t see it then, I don’t want to give too much away here, because I strongly recommend giving this one a spin today, particularly if you’ve never seen it before.

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