Dillian Whyte praises opponent Dereck Chisora after sensational bout

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Scintillating. Enthralling. Extraordinary. Saturday's marvelous fight between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora ticked all the boxes. It far exceeded expectations.

We always expected a tense, hard-fought bout given the eminent hostility between the pair. This was no more evident than in the pre-fight news conference, in which tensions boiled over.

Perhaps significantly, it was Chisora who received an untimely fine and suspended ban from the sport.

Regardless, as is often the case in sport, put them in the ring and that was all forgotten. All these man cared about was winning this fight, irrespective of their motives. It served up an astonishing, nail-biting encounter that warranted the old cliche of it being too close to call. 

Indeed, on this occasion, it was Whyte who prevailed, triumphing with narrow victories of 115-114 and 115-113 on two of the three judges cards. This was an exhilarating contest, which divided pundits as to who deserved the win. 

Inevitably, such a pulsating affair culminated in calls for a rematch, and despite his initial dismissal of the idea, Whyte ultimately thought better of it.

"It was an excellent fight and there may be a potential rematch there, but we will see what Eddie Hearn wants to do and where he wants to go with it." said Whyte.

However, Whyte also voiced his displeasure of the judging of the match, proclaiming: "I thought I won the fight by three rounds, but this is boxing, when you leave it to the judges".

Whyte was also quick to applaud the resolve of his fellow Londoner.

"Credit to Chisora, he showed up. I hit him with some bombs, he hit me with some bombs and he showed up to fight. It was the best Chisora since he fought Vitali Klitschko, in my opinion."

Despite all the controversy ahead of the fight, Whyte admitted that there was respect for each other after the final bell.

"I went over to shake his hand and he didn't want to shake my hand, but then after that he came round.

"He's a proud man, I'm a proud man, and there was a lot at stake.

"We are both London guys so there were a lot of bragging rights and a lot of stuff was said before the fight.

"It's good to go into a war like that and come out looking all right. I must have been doing something good in there last night!

"Dereck is very experienced. He knows what to do to steal rounds, when to take breaks, when to have a go, so I had to out-kid and out-play him at certain points, let him unload, let him think he is getting success, and then show him that 'I'm not hurt, it's my turn now'. It is like a game of chess."

Whyte, befitting of his ego, then proceeded to brag of how he had delivered on his promises. Slating the bore-fest that was Joshua-Molina, and criticising the lack of charisma shown by the American, Whyte was certainly feeling good about himself.

"A lot of guys say stuff and don't do it," said Whyte. "I try and always say what I am going to do.

"It could have been one of those fights where I boxed and moved, but I thought 'listen, the fans have paid their money, and we promised them a duel, so we are going to get it on'.

"Joshua-Molina was terrible, Molina was worse than [former boxer] Audley Harrison. He was giving it a lot of big talk. A lot of the Americans, they talk a lot and then come here and do nothing."

Now we await the decision of Eddie Hearn. Will boxing fans across the world be rewarded with a rematch between these two powerhouses? Or will the risk be perceived as too high?

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