There is an appropriately explosive finish to Dereck Chisora vs David Price, a battle of veteran, hard-hitting heavyweights
They had sparred more than once, but in long careers as two of Britain’s better heavyweights, David Price and Dereck Chisora had never crossed paths is a competitive ring. Price had enjoyed an up-and-down professional journey since winning Olympic bronze way back in 2008. Domestic dominance gave way to world-level defeats that exposed limitations relating to his chin, conditioning and psychology. He entered this bout at the O2 on a winning run of three, most recently taming an on-form Dave Allen in July. Price took this assignment at three weeks’ notice, after Chisora’s original opponent, former WBO king, Joseph Parker, pulled out due to being bitten by a spider. Yes, really. “War” Chisora is erratic but destroyed decent Artur Szpilka on the same card as Allen vs Price. The Londoner recently stopped working under Dave Coldwell and, despite a widespread belief manager (and one-time conqueror) David Haye calls the shots in the gym, unveiled ‘new trainer’ Steve Broughton, who has worked as an assistant coach with “The Hayemaker” and Carl Frampton in the past, during fight week.
It all added up to an exciting prospect and they did not disappoint, although apart from one instance at the end of round three, it was pretty one-sided. Chisora simply refused to give Price time or space to work, harassing him into a fourth-session stoppage defeat.
Chisora came out in typically combative fashion, passing Price’s jab with minimal fuss and belabouring the Liverpool giant against the ropes in the first few rounds. Price tucked up and periodically held to defend against the characteristic Chisora hooks to head and body, waiting for the storm to blow itself out so he could get the distance required to make his improved jab and greater one-punch power tell. When Price was able to land, it only seemed to spur Chisora on. He had Price in serious trouble at the end of the third but a counter right uppercut shook Dereck to his boots.
As the fourth began, it was clear neither man was planning on going the full 12. Chisora finally dropped Price midway through the session with a short right hand against the strands and while the latter rose up and bravely indicated his desire to continue, the towel came in from his corner.
Chisora is now targeting WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk.