Friday, September 20, 2013
Chisora, Gerber meet for Euro title
By Dan Rafael
Dereck Chisora believes a win over Edmund Gerber can propel him back into the world title picture.
There's not much boxing action this weekend, but one fight that could be fun -- because it's usually fun when heavyweight Dereck Chisora is in action -- is when Chisora and Edmund Gerber meet for the vacant European title on Saturday in London.
Chisora, the crazy-acting former world title challenger who gave a great effort in a 2012 decision loss to Vitali Klitschko, fights hard, talks hard and usually gives your money's worth when he's in the ring.
When he meets Gerber, it will be Chisora's second shot at the European title. The first time, he was blatantly robbed against Robert Helenius in a hometown decision in Finland in 2011.
"Yeah, I was robbed, but the guy I faced [Helenius] hasn't done anything since and is more or less done," Chisora said. "But I've had some huge fights since then."
One was against Klitschko, another was an exciting fight, albeit a knockout loss, with former titleholder David Haye in July 2012 and there was also an important victory against Malik Scott on July 20.
As usual, Chisora (17-4, 11 KOs), 29, of England, is predicting a knockout win against Germany's Gerber (23-1, 14 KOs).
"I don't know too much about the 25-year-old Gerber, but I've watched his Michael Sprott fight [a decision loss in a December rematch]. He has good hand speed but so do a lot of heavyweights nowadays. But despite this he's still going to get smashed up in front of 7,000 fans at a rocking and rolling Copper Box Arena."
Winning the European title is a means to an end for Chisora. He hopes to parlay a victory into a rematch with Klitschko or a shot at champion Wladimir Klitschko, who first faces Alexander Povetkin on Oct. 5.
"For me, winning the European title is a springboard to another shot at one of the Klitschko brothers," he said. "The belt opens door in the heavyweight game and that's what we're trying to do."
Gerber said he will remain calm in the face of any of Chisora's possible antics. Remember, Chisora slapped Vitali Klitschko at their weigh-in, split water in Wladimir Klitschko's face when he and Vitali were in the ring before their fight and brawled with Haye at a news conference.
"When people start talking about Chisora, they are first thinking about a madman who slapped Vitali Klitschko and spit in his brother Wladimir's face," Gerber said. "A big part of what he does before a fight is just hyping up the event and he is good at it, although he should not try to do those things to me as I would not react as calm as the Klitschkos did. From a sporting point of view, he lives up to his ballyhoo, already having challenged for a world championship. Therefore, he will be my biggest test to date.
"Ever since he slapped Vitali Klitschko and spit water on his brother Wladimir before he fought for the world championship, everybody knew that he has some serious problems with his head. I heard that he had to go to anger management classes but with his latest comments regarding our fight it seems that he still has the attitude of an anti-social man. Maybe I can resocialize him when we fight. I will be glad to serve as his therapist for free."