Derek Chisora beat Kubrat Pulev by split decision in an entertaining heavyweight encounter at London's O2 Arena on Saturday night, ending a run of three consecutive defeats in the process.
The popular Brit could hang up his gloves today, drawing the curtains on a career that has endeared him to so many fight fans, and drive off into the sunset for a more than deserved retirement. But he proved against Pulev that he’s still got plenty of fight left in him and one last showdown (at least) now looks a certainty.
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With that in mind, we’ve decided to look at five potential opponents that could line up against Chisora in his next bout.
Chisora called out ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in the aftermath of his win over Pulev. Talk of a showdown with the Alabamian knockout artist has caused concern from many fans and pundits though. ‘Del Boy’ proved the fire still burns deep at the weekend but while the 38-year-old is as tough as ever, he gets hit far too often, and stepping in with a man carrying a 91.1% KO rate seems irresponsible for someone so deep into their twilight years.
Dillian Whyte III
The first two meetings between these two were absolute barnstormers and a third fight between these bitter British rivals would be a lucrative option for all concerned. Whyte won both prior scraps, but there’s no question that Chisora brings out the best in him and with ‘The Bodysnatcher’ coming off the back of a damaging defeat to Tyson Fury, a trilogy bout with his old dance partner could be just what he needs.
‘The Polish Warrior’ was originally meant to be Chisora’s opponent at the weekend until the fight fell through and Pulev was picked as a replacement. The New York-based heavyweight’s fights rarely disappoint and, on paper at least, a fight with Chisora has all the ingredients to be a blockbuster affair. Following back-to-back defeats to Robert Helenius though, Kownacki takes on Ali Eren Demirezen at the end of the month - a fight he desperately needs to win to stay relevant in the heavyweight division.
Speaking of the ‘The Nordic Nightmare’, Helenius handed Chisora just his second professional defeat way back in 2011. It was a controversial result to say the least, with Chisora losing a split decision to the Finn in Helsinki, a fight many believed the Briton had done enough to win. Helenius’ stock has risen recently following his two stoppage wins over Kownacki - could ‘Del Boy’ tempt him into a rematch and finally gain revenge?
Another solid option for Chisora is American heavyweight Chris Arreola. At 41-years-old and with a 46 fight career that started way back in 2003, ‘The Nightmare’ is a bonafide veteran of boxing’s marquee division and a showdown with Chisora could be the perfect swansong for both fighters to end their careers on. Arreola is coming off the back of two defeats but impressed in his last outing against Andy Ruiz Jr, dropping the former world champion before succumbing to a unanimous decision defeat.
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