If Saturday night taught us anything it was that Dereck Chisora's boxing career is far from over.
Going into the fight with Carlos Takam a lot of fans and critics alike were writing Chisora off, and for good reason too having lost 3 of his last 6 fights to the likes of Dillian Whyte, Kubrat Pulev and the relatively unknown Agit Kabayel. The days of Chisora being touted as a potential opponent for the likes of Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder seemed a distant memory.
This has not always been the case with Chisora, between 2010-2012, Chisora seemingly was one of Britain's next heavyweight hope alongside the likes of David Haye and Tyson Fury (whom Chisora has fought twice). He was involved in fights with Robert Helenius, Tyson Fury, went 12 rounds with Vitali Klitschko and then in the infamous post fight presser punch up with future opponent David Haye it seemed likely that this trend of huge match ups would continue.
It seems when the chips are down Chisora shocks us all, and he did so when he stopped previously unbeaten American heavyweight Malik Scott in six rounds back in 2013 this led to a second bout with Fury who dominated proceedings and put Chisora right back in his box in 2014. Not one to lay down and call it a day Chisora came back with five wins and faced another heavyweight king in Kubrat Pulev for the vacant Euro title. A split decision loss ensued and it was back to the drawing board for Del Boy.
In 2016 in what was probably fight of the year he locked horns with the brash Dillian Whyte, it was a battle of will, a battle of heart and both men shown us how much of it they have on that night, but for Chisora it was yet another loss on the record, but gave us the taste for more.
Del Boy came back into contention for a title when he squared off against the unknown Agit Kabayel in Monaco, a fight a lot expected Chisora to win. Another bad night at the office for Del Boy and calls for retirement on the cards.
On Saturday night Dereck Chisora reignited his boxing career with an eighth round stoppage of Carlos Takam, a man who had been in with Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin all of which world champions. The fight itself from the off seemed to be a case of Chisora looking to survive, however he was smart and allowed Takam to exert huge amounts of energy and struck when the time was right landing a huge right hand which put Takam down for the first time in his career. To his credit Takam got up but marched straight back on to that same right hand and it was goodnight vienna!
Now we are left wondering what is next in the career of Del Boy, will that future fight with Wilder or even Joshua be on the cards or is this just another one off in the curious case of Dereck Chisora
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