Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora engaged in an epic slugfest at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night.
There will be plenty of people complaining about Saturday night’s Sky Box Office Pay-per-view offering and that is somewhat understandable. After all, the main event was, let’s face it, utter garbage. However, pretty much everybody knew that would be the case going in.
Anthony Joshua vs Eric Molina was a horrible mismatch, a tune-up for AJ in the run up to a more lucrative and significant bout with Wladimir Klitschko.
So, if you purchased the event, you should really have been looking for value on the undercard. And, trust me, there was plenty of it.
Early in the evening, Hosea Burton and Frank Buglioni waged a wonderful war over the British light-heavyweight title. It was a bout that featured constant action and many shifts in momentum. Burton, the tall, rangy boxer, jabbed effectively and landed long back-hand shots from the outside, while Buglioni bulled forward looking to do damage with every punch to both the body and head.
By the beginning of the 11th, though, Burton had opened up a sizeable gap between he and a fading Buglioni on the cards.
There was drama to come, however.
Buglioni dropped his man towards the close of the penultimate round and it looked as though a minute would not be enough time for Burton to recover. He made a good stab at it, though, and came out fast in the final round. But after backing Buglioni up with a combination, Burton dropped his lead glove and was punished. A big right-hand buckled his knees and he hit the deck. The champion beat the count, but the follow-up assault sent him sprawling into the ropes, where the referee chose to intervene and stop the fight.
After that cracker we got the second chapter in Katie Taylor’s pro story, as well as a pair of sensational one-punch knockouts – the first from Callum Smith and the second from Scott Quigg.
— Izquierdazo Boxeo (@IzquierdazoBox) December 10, 2016
But the best was saved for second last.
The raucous build-up to the evening’s co-main event between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora probably encouraged a good number of people to purchase this PPV. If you were one of those people, you should be more than satisfied. The pre-fight craziness was matched, nay eclipsed by that of the fight. It was complete lunacy at times, as both men traded toe-to-toe, looking for the knockout with almost every shot.
Chisora’s desire to remove Whyte from his senses was so strong, in fact, that it may have ended up costing him the fight. ‘Del Boy’ sold out with such abandon in his efforts to close the show in the eighth round that he was incapable of mounting a really sustained attack for the rest of the fight. The bursts he could muster kept the battle competitive and entertaining, but he lost the majority of the remaining rounds.
He did summon some reserves in the 12th, though, and the weary heavyweight duo treated fans to a fitting finish to their enthralling slugfest.
In the end, two judges saw it in favour of Whyte by scores of 115-114 and 115-113, while the other official turned in a 115-114 card in favour of Chisora.
Given the epic nature of the fight and how close a matter it was on the scorecards, a rematch seems natural.
Hopefully Eddie Hearn sees things the same way.
Here is some of the reaction that the fight inspired on Twitter…
Oh my god. Chisora/Whyte is a goddamn slobberknocker
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 10, 2016
Whyte-Chisora your annual December FOTY candidate.
— Bad Left Hook (@badlefthook) December 10, 2016
Well I don't watch boxing too much these days but my word that Whyte / Chisora fight was thoroughly entertaining!
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) December 10, 2016
Colonel Bob on commentary for Parker-Ruiz Jr. tried saying it was the best heavyweight fight in years. Whyte-Chisora blew it out the water.
— British Boxing News (@BritBoxingNews) December 10, 2016
Chisora-Whyte was an instant classic and FOTY candidate. I usually hate rematches but this is one I'd like to see again.
— Shane Saunders (@ShaneSaunders88) December 11, 2016
Chisora and Whyte… ????
— Adam Booth (@boxingbooth) December 10, 2016
Like I said… Chisora and Whyte… ???????????????????????? Show stopper!! https://t.co/NmRsSaiFQC
— Adam Booth (@boxingbooth) December 10, 2016
Regardless of the antics at the press conference , Chisora and Whyte take enormous credit for staging a superb fight.
— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) December 10, 2016
Best non-title HW fight I have ever seen. Massive ❤️from both. Decision either way irrelevant. Rematch mandatory. #ChisoraWhyte
— Kalle+NisseSauerland (@SauerlandBros) December 11, 2016
Good job Whyte and chisora was good fight or I'd be nocking at molinas tomorrow for my ppv money back
— derry mathews (@derrymathews23) December 11, 2016
What a fight Whyte & Chisora ???? Unreal heart from both guys ??
— Joe Weller (@joe_weller_) December 10, 2016