Whyte vs Chisora 2: Whyte’s Greatest Night?
By George Priestman
Cast your minds back to late 2018 at the 02 Arena in London. The eagerly awaited second fight between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora took place and the rivalry was ended once and for all.
That night remains Whyte’s greatest night in boxing and with the boxing organisations seemingly not giving him the chance at a world title, it remains a continually frustrating time for the 32-year-old.
Their first fight in Manchester 2016 was an all-out war. Neither fighter backed off and both came to give it absolutely everything in what was a ‘fight of the year’ candidate. The decision was a split decision win for Whyte and in all honesty it could have gone either way.
Both fighters fought four times before meeting again, with Whyte winning all four bouts with impressive performances. Most notably beating former world champions Joseph Parker and Lucas Browne, beating the latter with a brutal knockout.
It was clear Whyte was on the rise, improving fight by fight and during this time, he became the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder’s WBC world heavyweight title belt.
On the flipside, Chisora struggled after the defeat to Whyte in 2016; he lost to Agit Kabayel by a majority decision which cast further doubts about the future of his career.
However, he reignited his career on the undercard of the Joseph Parker vs Dillian Whyte undercard with a spectacular knockout win over Carlos Takam – a former world title challenger. Many thought he would lose, but he proved everyone wrong and then he teamed up with former foe David Haye to reignite his career further. This lead him down the path to meeting Whyte for a second time.
Becoming increasingly frustrated that he couldn’t get the world title fight, Whyte had no choice to but to face Chisora again.
The second fight promised much, mainly because both fighters were greatly improved. Chisora was a changed man. Training properly for the first time in his career and playing to his brawler strengths. He was ready to undo all of Whyte’s good work and reverse the loss from their first meeting.
If Whyte could win again, he would maintain his position as a top five heavyweight. If he lost, all his good work over the years would fade away and his number one ranking would be gone.
It was clear from the fight week that we were seeing a more mature pair of fighters – a significant improvement from the first fight build-up. There were still words traded but no tables were thrown this time. Very much the calm before the storm.
Whyte started the fight well, moving well and working the jab. He even rocked Chisora early but didn’t push it to try and finish it early. A credit to his tactics and his restraint. A sign of his maturity as a boxer, moving away from the style of fighter that would be brash and wild.
The fight continued and Chisora walked him down at every possible opportunity. Whyte didn’t seem too fazed but on the cards Chisora was seemingly edging the bout. Whyte’s movement was vital to the fight as he showed far more skill than we’ve seen before.
Chisora was up on the cards, only slightly, even with the points taken off for the elbow’s he was trying to throw to upset Whyte’s rhythm.
Nearing the end, Whyte still looked fit and willing, with Chisora appearing to be fading slightly. But Whyte suddenly ended the fight with a one punch knockout to end the argument once and for all. Biding his time, he unleashed his powerful left hook and sent Chisora flying to the canvas, knocking out the London fighter.
David Haye once stopped Chisora but no one had done to ‘Del Boy’ what Whyte did on the night. His best performance against a very good, incredibly tough opponent with a spectacular ending for sure. He called out Anthony Joshua straight after, who was on the Sky commentary team, but the world champion failed to give Whyte any promises.
A year and a half later and Whyte has won twice more, but is still waiting for the elusive world title shot. With the big names chasing each other, he continues to wait for his turn.