SAN DIEGO, Calif., Dec. 20, 2018 – Results from a full day of boxing action in Great Britain.
Dillian Whyte blasts Dereck Chisora, sets up title fight opportunity
Heavyweight contenders Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora delivered all the action heavyweight fight fans could ask for in their much-anticipated rematch Saturday at the O2 Arena in London. After a disputed majority decision win in the first fight, Whyte left no doubt this time, ending the fight on the strength of a powerhouse left hook at 1:56 of the 11th round.
Without the knockout win, Whyte might have been in danger of losing the bout. He was narrowly behind on the cards at the time of the stoppage, with two cards 95-94 for Chisora and one 95-94 for Whyte. These scores included questionable points deductions twice against Chisora for low blows and leading with his head.
Chisora came out aggressively as promised. Whyte hurt Chisora early in the first round, but didn’t move in to end it. He fought much the same way throughout the fight, trading hard shots to head and body with Chisora, but staying patient until he found the perfect opportunity to land a knockout punch. He had to wait until the 11th round, dropping Chisora to the canvas cold. Medical personnel immediately swarmed over Chisora, who finally was aided to his feet.
“For me it was hard to box disciplined, and take my time,” admitted Whyte. “I hurt him in the first round and I thought, ‘go after him.’ … I know the main thing is taking my time, being in control, take my time and boxing my way and I knew it would come.”
Whyte said he noticed Chisora making the same mistake throughout the fight and waited for the chance to land the knockout shot.
“That’s my money shot. That shot is going to put a lot of people away, trust me,” said Whyte. Although he was losing on the cards, Whyte wasn’t concerned. “They can trade as many shots as they want. It’s 12 rounds. I will land it at some point. It’s my right hand getting there. It was hard , I’m a warrior, and I want to scrap. But I have to say (to myself) ‘Don’t scrap, don’t scrap.’
Although Chisora was the aggressor, Whyte dismissed it. “Listen, he can bring whatever he wants. I’ve been in deep waters and I can swim. it means nothing to me. I just stay calm and cool. As you can see I was in great shape, I wasn’t tired once. I was pacing myself, and I knew it was going to come.”
The victory puts Whyte in position to fight for a title, and he’d like a rematch to avenge his single loss against current world champion and countryman, Anthony Joshua. Joshua was ringside for the fight. Whyte called him out, and Joshua came into the ring. Joshua agreed Whyte earned a title opportunity, but made it clear he prefers to fight American Deontay Wilder – with Whyte as the back up plan. Whyte is likely to become the WBO mandatory challenge, and if the Wilder fight can’t be made, expect to see the rematch in April next year.
Warrington dominates Frampton in decision win
Josh “Leeds Warrior” Warrington (28-0, 6 KOs) has been beating the odds all year long, ending a strong 2018 with a decision victory over former two division champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton 26-2, 15 KOs) in a decision victory. Scores were 116-112 X 2 and 116-113.
The scores don’t tell the story. Warrington was in charge of the fight from start to finish and never in any danger. Similar to the Whyte and Chisora fight, Warrington staggered Frampton in the first round, but stayed patient. Warrington made it a busy, inside fight, taking it to the body of Frampton and sapping his strength little by little.
Frampton won the occasional round but never gained any real momentum. He seemed frustrated and couldn’t figure out how to get to Warrington. As Warrington slowed down toward the later rounds, Frampton could have done damage but thanks to Warrington’s smart body work, he didn’t have enough left to make it happen. Frampton later admitted Warrington hurt him during the fight despite having a reputation for a lack of power.
“I want to thank Frampton, hats off to him, I’m a fan and still a fan” said Warrington. “He will go down as one of the best champions, I’m glad to have shared a ring with him.”
Frampton was equally gracious, giving Harrington all the credit. “Josh won that fight fair and square. No excuses from me, I was in incredible shape coming into this but the better man won. It wasn’t my night. Josh was just fitter and stronger, bottom line.”
In a competitive featherweight division, Warrington proved he needs to be taken seriously alongside Leo Santa Cruz, Oscar Valdez, Gary Russell Jr., and Abner Mares.
Michael Conlan makes it five wins in 2018
Michael “Mick” Conlan (10-0, 6 KOs) scored his fifth win of 2018 on the Warrington vs. Frampton undercard, defeating two time Commonwealth champion Jason Cunningham (24-6, 6 KOs) to win the vacant WBO Intercontinental featherweight belt. Scores were 97 X 92 twice and 98-92, marred by point deduction to Conland for a low blow in the sixth round.
The two-time Irish Olympian took charge of the fight and was far more aggressive throughout the bout. He nearly dropped Cunningham late in the tenth round, but the tough Cunningham has never been stopped and made it to the final bell.
“I’m going to be back at Madison Square Garden on March 17 for St. Patrick’s Day,” said Conlan. “Then, we want to come back to Belfast in the summer with a fight in between. I’m not sure who is next, but I want to keep stepping up.”
Conlan has showed good progress all year, and can look forward to more significant competition in 2019. He’s not quite ready for the elite featherweights, but he should see a step up in opposition.
Hassan N’Dam wins upset victory over Martin Murray
Cameroon native Hassan N’Dam (36-3, 21 KOs) scored a slight upset win over Martin Murray (37-5-1, 17 KOs) of England by majority decision. Scores were 117-112, 116-112, and 114-114. N’Dam was the busier, more accurate fighter. Murray got off to a slow start and never really turned up the heat against N’Dam. Both middleweights are nearing the end of their careers, making the content a must-win.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a veteran boxing observer covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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