By Sam Constantinou Coulter
Having been involved in a fight of the year contender last time out against Dillian Whyte, controversial heavyweight Dereck Chisora is being linked with a rematch against former foe Robert Helenius.
Aged 33 Chisora holds a 26-7 professional record with 18 wins by way of knockout. At his best, he is a high-pressure fighter who likes to get up close and force his opponent into uncomfortable positions.
Having fought the likes of Tyson Fury(twice), Vitali Klitschko, David Haye and Kubrat Pulev and taken a lot of punches in doing so many spectators felt Chisora has seen his best days gone by. He appeared a slower, less motivated fighter who would come up short against top level fighters.
Having agreed to fight Whyte last year a sense of reinvigoration was created in Chisora. He seemed determined to train hard and was desperate to settle the intense rivalry with a man he had sparred with in the past.
With the buildup to the fight going viral with tables being thrown and heated exchanges between the pair hopes were high that the fight would live up to all the hype. Fans were treated to a fantastic display of heavyweight boxing.
Both men stood and traded blows for twelve hard-fought rounds with Dillian Whyte ultimately claiming a split decision win. Although this was another defeat for Chisora it was one in which he impressed greatly and showed that he has plenty left in the tank.
Having initially set his sights on a rematch with Whyte, Chisora’s trainer Don Charles now suggests that a fight with Helenius looks more likely. When speaking to Skysports Charles said, “It’s sounding like that’s the fight that is happening next,”
“The last encounter we won, but didn’t get the decision, so it’s something that Dereck needs to rectify and I believe we will.
“We anticipate he will be fighting in May, wherever there’s a boxing ring and a referee.”
Aged 33 fighting out of Finland, Helenius holds a 24-1 professional record that contains wins over the likes of Lamon Brewster, Samuel Peter and Siarhei Liakhovich. Whilst such names are present as victories on his record it has to be said that all three men were passed their best at the time of fighting Helenius.
Helenius holds an extremely controversial win over Chisora which all fans accept was an extreme miscarriage of justice. There is no way that Chisora should have been denied the victory on the night and the pain of injustice may well motivate him to perform at his best.
Since the fight with Chisora, Helenius has gone on to be rather inactive and claim his first loss as a professional against the underrated Johann Duhaupas.
In terms of a rematch with Chisora, it is one that Chisora would be considerably confident of winning given the first fight, There are however issues that Chisora will have to overcome if he is to claim the win including the usual height disadvantage.
Standing at over six foot six inches tall Helenius is considerably taller than Chisora and possesses a five-inch reach advantage over the Brit. Chisora is, however, more than used to being the shorter man in the ring so wouldn’t be facing anything out of the ordinary for him.
This would be a good fight and one which Chisora would be expected to win and perhaps go on to be involved in more domestic dust-ups. There are huge hopes of a rematch with Whyte at some point given the enthralling nature of their fight but that doesn’t look likely in the near future with Whyte targeting world honours.
Chisora is a controversial character who creates headlines and gets people talking about the sport and when he is truly motivated for a fight he creates entertainment for fans. He doesn’t appear to be capable of becoming a world champion but he can be involved in big fights and is still a threat to the other heavyweights out there.
In terms of a prediciton if the fight does indeed take place, it seems obvious to back Chisora with the likely outcome being a win on points.