Vitali Klitschko to beat Dereck Chisora: Boxing prediction

We highlight the fights to watch this weekend and bring you our prediction for Vitali Klitschko v Dereck Chisora


Prediction: Klitschko to beat Chisora by late TKO

The 40-year-old Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko takes on a man 12 years his junior on Saturday night in Dereck Chisora as he defends his WBC heavyweight title for the 10th time in Munich. The older of two Klitschko brothers has never been behind on points in a fight, his only losses coming from injuries whilst winning. Meanwhile, Chisora has had just 17 professional fights, and only four of these were scheduled 12-round bouts. Chisora is massively inexperienced as well as being the inferior fighter. The Brit is six inches smaller than his opponent, has a six-inch reach disadvantage as well as vastly inferior punching power. Only three of Klitschko victories have not come by knockout and it can be argued that all of these fights should have been stopped, such was his dominance. Expect Chisora to start positively but to soon struggle to get past his opponent’s awkward stance and lethal jab. The fight will be boring and predictable as Klitschko slowly grinds down Chisora on his way to a late TKO victory.

Prediction: Cloud to beat Campillo unanimous decision

Undefeated American light heavyweight Tavoris Cloud is still seeking recognition in his home country despite his undoubted talent and achievements in the ring. The man from Florida has virtually no fan base and struggles to sell tickets; as a result he is seen by many in the division as all risk and no reward. The cash cows of the light-heavyweights like Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal are not keen to fight Cloud because beating the American would do little for their careers in terms of marketability. As a result, Cloud is scheduled to fight little known Spaniard Gabriel Campillo on Saturday night in Corpus Christi, Texas. Campillo is a talented and worthy challenger but like Cloud he is a relative unknown and will fail to generate much excitement amongst the general public. On fight night expect Cloud to start at his usual blistering pace as he builds an early lead on the cards, throwing near to 100 punches a round. Campillo will put up some resistance and trouble the American at times but Cloud should register a comfortable unanimous decision victory.

Prediction: Williams to beat Ishida by unanimous decision

On the undercard of Tavoris Cloud’s light heavyweight title defence former welterweight and junior-middleweight title holder Paul Williams takes on Nobuhiro Ishida, the man made famous for knocking out undefeated James Kirkland in one round. Both men have something to prove. Williams that he can still compete at world level and Ishida that he is not a one-fight fluke. The American will not have a height advantage for this fight but he will have his usual reach advantage, his wingspan a full nine-and-a-half inches longer than Ishida. Expect Williams to start the fight slowly as he tries to work out his opponent before slowly stepping up his work-rate to get near to his much heralded 100 punches a round rhythm. Ishida does not punch hard and will struggle to hurt Williams enough to discourage him from coming forward. As the fight progresses the man from Japan will remain competitive but will be a clear second as Williams builds a decent lead on points before finishing with a flourish in the final rounds.

Friday 17 February 2012

Mike Dallas Jr v Miguel Gonzalez
Arlington, USA
10 rounds lightweight

Shawn Estrada v Terrance Woods
Arlington, USA
8 super middleweights

Thomas Dulorme v Aris Ambriz
Santa Ynez, USA
10 rounds welterweight

Jonathan Gonzalez v Billy Lyell
Santa Ynez, USA
10 rounds light middleweight

Saturday 18 February 2012

Adonis Stevenson v Jesus Gonzales
Montreal, Canada
12 rounds super middleweight

Dierry Jean v Ryan Barrett
Montreal, Canada
8 rounds light welterweight

Brian Magee v Rudy Markussen
Brondby, Denmark
12 rounds super middleweight

Vitali Klitschko v Dereck Chisora
Munich, Germany
12 rounds heavyweight for Klitschko’s WBC title

Johnathon Banks v Nicolai Firtha
Munich, Germany
12 rounds heavyweight

Pablo Cesar Cano v Francisco Contreras
Cancun, Mexico
10 rounds lightweight

Jorge Arce v Lorenzo Parra
Mexicali, Mexico
10 rounds super bantamweight

Kid Galahad v Jason Booth
Rotherham, England
12 rounds super bantamweight

Tavoris Cloud v Gabriel Campillo
Corpus Christi, USA
12 rounds light heavyweight for Cloud’s BF title

Paul Williams v Nobuhiro Ishida
Corpus Christi, USA
12 rounds light middleweight

Chris Arreola v Eric Molina
Corpus Christi, USA
12 rounds heavyweight

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