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Dereck Chisora wins controversial fight

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Dereck Chisora became the WBO International Heavyweight champion after defeating the previously unbeaten American Malik Scott by way of knockout at Wembley. 

The fight, who for many was Chisora's last chance at stopping his once promising career from fizzling out before it had even really began, lasted a total of six rounds. 

As was expected, Scott boxed mostly on the back foot, preferring to stay away from the centre of the ring and use his superior reach to keep Chisora at distance. 

Chisora predictably kept coming forward, and was always looking to throw heavy shots in an attempt to wear his opponent down.

The first two rounds swung marginally in Scott's favour as he used his body well on the ropes to negate the threat of Chisora's punches, whilst throwing counter upper-cuts and hooks of his own. 

During the third however, Chisora seemed to realise what was needed and started to apply intense pressure, aiming his shots more towards Scott's body, and to good effect.

The fourth round was much in the same suit, with Scott spending his time retreating from his oncoming aggressor and looking to land sharp shots here and there without much success. 

Chisora to his credit did not stop coming forward and caused Scott more trouble with his powerful approach. 

As the fight entered the sixth round Chisora once more signalled his intent to inflict Scott's first professional defeat without having to rely on the judges' scorecards. 

Scott continued to use the ropes to weave and dodge the Brit's bombs, but Chisora was relentless in his momentum. 

The tactic eventually paid off perfectly as, with only 15 seconds remaining on the clock in the sixth round, Chisora caught Scott with a looping overhand right. 

Scott, who appeared to be hit just behind the ear, went to the canvas and referee Phil Edwards gave him the 10-count.

Despite smiling and appearing as though he were fit to continue, Scott failed to move until the ninth second of the count, prompting Edwards to deem that he had not made it up in the allotted 10 seconds. 

He called the bout off and, despite furious protests from Scott's corner and the American fans that had travelled to see the fight, Chisora was granted what could turn out to be a crucial win. 

There will no doubt be widespread division over whether or not Scott made it up in time to continue, but the fighter himself did nothing in the way of complaining.

Scott was humble in defeat and Chisora was overjoyed with his victory. 

It seems that for now at least, Chisora has begun his climb back up the steep slope towards heavyweight boxing’s elite plinth. 

 

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Derek Chisora
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