Dereck Chisora disappointed in Monaco, as he suffered a points defeat to European heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel.
The German earned a deserved majority decision and retained his European title. One judge had it a draw, but 115-113 and 115-114 from the others were in favor of the winner.
Kabayel showed good footwork and used his jab well, while Chisora looked frustrated and out of his depth. The Brit was without regular trainer Don Charles in the corner.
'Del Boy' was in the hope that a victory would put him one step closer to a big fight. However, he conceded lots of uppercuts and right hands, which were enough to give him the point loss.
Chisora started aggressively, but the champion responded well from the distance and won the opening session.
Second round was close, but Chisora's lack of rhythm was obvious The third provided an improvement, as the Brit managed to land some clean shots and pressed well.
However, Kabayel took over from then on, catching Chisora with some good punches in the fourth and fifth while the British fighter pressed and was trying to cut the distance.
Kabayel grew in confidence in the middle rounds, continuously dictating the fight with his jab.
Sharp right hands from the champion in the seventh, precise jabs in the eighth, and a left hook to the body which marked the ninth were Kabayel's highlights and signs of the clinical work he put.
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Chisora had nothing to lose and was feeling he was behind on the scorecards. He gave his best in the closing rounds, edging the 11th and 12th, but the fight had slipped away from him.
That was Chisora's eight loss in 35 fights. He took it on the chin, though, and showed maturity in his post-fight analysis.
“I’m not going to complain, I lost the fight,” Chisora told Sky Sports.
“I always bounce back so I am not worried.”
Chisora tweeted after the defeat
He turned to his followers on Twitter with more of a guilt than anger.
"Very disappointed with my performance today but I promise I will be back stronger 🤦🏾♂️"
Most of his fans believe the lack of his trainer proved key for the loss. Others go further and advise 'Del Boy' it is time for him to hang up the gloves. With three losses in his last five bouts, it would be good for Chisora to consider his options.