Seek and Destroy: Can newly established Chisora stop Whyte's charge towards world titles?
Wednesday 12th December 2018
They've labelled him 'War Chisora' for this camp and despite all the commotion from the first fight build-up, heavyweight veteran Dereck Chisora is out to seek and destroy, to get revenge over domestic arch-rival Dillian Whyte on December 22 at the O2 Arena.
The bad blood stemmed from the moment the pair jumped on social media, hyping up the first encounter, on the undercard of Joshua-Molina and with a few things chucked about in the initial press conference and filming of the 'Gloves are Off', this chaos only spiralled out of control in the lead up to opening bell in December 2016.
Two years on, both the 'BodySnatcher' and 'DelBoy' still don't see eye to eye but there is definitely some mutual respect between the pair, after sharing twelve gruelling rounds in their fight of the year contender that left every ounce of blood, sweat and tears inside the squared circle.
There seems to be a lot more pressure resting on Whyte's shoulders with that #4 spot, in the eyes of the wider boxing fraternity up for grabs, with most eyes fixed on the three men above him in the upper echelons of the heavyweight division in Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, after his miraculous return to form, two weekends ago.
In the meantime, Whyte has fought WBC title fight after WBC title fight in order to force himself into a position to box for Wilder's coveted, an almost protected, green and gold strap but simply has been avoided due to politics and other barriers that have excused the Alabama big-hitter from defending against the Brixton man and giving him his shot at world honours.
In the opposite corner, Chisora went over to Monaco, to challenge Agit Kabayel for the EBU heavyweight title and after a flat and cumbersome display in front of French royalty, there was really no way back from this and looked as though Chisora had lost all aspiration of returning to the top.
However, the two men crossed paths once more, on July 28, 2018, as Whyte took another unnecessary risk in former WBO champion Joseph Parker, topping the bill for the second time in the space of four months, and taken the distance by the New Zealander after a dramatic 12th round, saw Whyte climb off the campus for the first time in his career.
On the undercard, Chisora shocked the entire crowd with a devastating stoppage win over Carlos Takam, who had taken unified champion Joshua eleven rounds, as a late replacement for Kubrat Pulev, in Cardiff, ten months earlier.
The profile of the Whyte-Chisora rematch took off with no talk about it happening before the end of the year, prior to Chisora pulling it out of the bag and resurrecting himself on the heavyweight landscape.
For the winner, this fight will take them one step closer to solidifying that top contender spot and perhaps booking them a date with either the winner of the Wilder-Fury, in their respective rematch or that April 13 date at Wembley against Joshua, in his seventh defence of the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts.
Before the pair can lock horns in an attempt to make this a carbon copy of the first fight, standing in the centre of the ring and throwing bombs, both Whyte and Chisora must apply the finishing touches and make any final adjustments in camp in order to produce the winning formula, when they meet in less than 10 days time.
Chisora has employed former nemesis David Haye who's added some impetus to 'DelBoy's training regime, nutrition and general advice in approaching this fight differently, not only in terms of his conditioning and physique but equally, having the right mindset before going to war again and ensuring that no stone is left unturned.
Similarly, Whyte has taken himself away from the comfort of his home in South London and lived the life, for the past ten to twelve weeks, up in Loughborough where he has made good use of the facilities there and raised the bar ahead of his biggest fight, at this stage of his career and had top quality sparring.
Under trainer Mark Tibbs, the 30-year-old Jamaican-born unit has significantly improved and most importantly, remained active.
As much as Chisora wants to finish this chapter and look towards his own aspirations of challenging for the world heavyweight championship in what would be last chance saloon at the very top, Whyte will want to end all speculation from the first fight (most edging Chisora in a close fight) with a brutal KO and by making a statement should finally guarantee that WBC shot, especially after defending the Silver title consecutively, with no excuses.