Dillian Whyte ended his rivalry with Dereck Chisora to stake his claim for a rematch with Anthony Joshua.
Whyte edged out a split decision win when the two last met, but Chisora, who looked to be in his best shape to-date, was fancied by some to even the score at the O2 Arena.
And it was indeed ‘Del Boy’ who impressed early on, leading the fight as it reached the halfway point. Whyte gave as good as he got though, and grew into the bout.
Chisora’s task was made more difficult with a point deduction in the eighth round for repeated fouls, and the elder boxer, who’s been in the professional ranks since 2007, was beginning to tire.
The manic action came to a head in the penultimate round.
With Whyte in the ascendancy, Chisora had another point docked for an elbow that landed on his foe’s chin.
CHISORA GETS A POINT FOR THE YAIR ELBOW pic.twitter.com/3EnGORgq7W
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That was the beginning of the end however, as the ‘Bodysnatcher’ would soon claim another victim.
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Afterwards, Whyte called out Anthony Joshua, who knocked him out in their own grudge match in 2015.
Will they face each other at Wembley in April? ? pic.twitter.com/EwEcupwrPk
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Joshua was restrained in congratulating both fighters and warning Whyte that a Wilder fight may take priority for him. But in speaking to the Sky Sports boxing crew thereafter, ‘AJ’ was evidently irked by the call out.
Whyte may well have inserted himself into the big heavyweight picture for 2019.