The 5th round saw the Philadelphian start strongly reeling of fast combinations and landing a hard left hook to the head of the Londoner. Chisora, who seemed to only have one gear, forward, looked for openings but landed little of any consequence.
In the 6th Scott seemed to be brushing off "Del Boy’s" blows with smiles until Chisora landed a chopping right hand that downed the American. Scott, appearing composed and looking intently at the referee, glanced to his corner and nodded, suggesting a clear head. He took too long crouching though because as he looked back to the referee the count had reached 9. By the time Malik was up on his feet the fight had been waved off, much to the disbelief of the Scott corner and a large portion of the crowd. The respected Russ Abner in Malik’s corner took this decision particularly badly, unleashing a tirade of verbal abuse at the referee, claiming - vociferously but mistakenly - that Scott was up at 8.
The stoppage did indeed feel premature; the fight was warming up nicely with Chisora beginning to impose himself and Scott finding his rhythm, exhibiting some slick skills.
Immediately after the fight an unmarked and lucid Chisora came down to speak to the press: “He had good speed, but he started talking in that last round, and you know when someone’s talking, well, I wasn’t saying anything and thought forget this I’m going to keep going after him and that’s what I did”
Chisora admitted to nerves before the fight, promoter Frank Warren insisted “I pushed him for this fight, I believed in him and I knew if he was right he would do him”.
Warren continued “we want Deontay Wilder next for our show on September 21st in the Copperbox Arena if he’s got the balls to do it.”
Chisora moves to 17-4-0 with the victory and Scott drops to 35-1-1. The fight was scheduled for 10 rounds for the vacant WBO intercontinental title.