Dereck Chisora faces David Price in a big domestic heavyweight showdown at The O2 on Saturday night with plenty at stake for the often outspoken and controversial boxer.
Chisora needs big performance
Chisora was due to face Joseph Parker this weekend but the New Zealander was forced to pull out after illness following a suspected spider bite. Instead, he will face Price and Chisora has vowed to produce a showstopping performance in London.
The Finchley fighter has a professional record of 31 victories and nine defeats from his eventful career.
Chisora has called out Oleksandr Usyk for a potential fight but he will have to produce a dominant win in London to have a chance of taking on the Ukraine boxer.
The 35-year-old only has a limited amount of time left in the sport and will be determined to maximise his boxing career.
Chisora has been a credible challenger down the years but has fallen short on the highest stage and not been quite good enough at world championship level.
He has proved a durable fighter though, having taken Vitali Klitschko the distance, seven years ago, in his points defeat against the former WBC world heavyweight champion.
Chisora was involved in one of the best recent British heavyweight bouts in his 2016 slugfest against Dillian Whyte.
Beaten only narrowly on points, the fighters faced each other again last December but Chisora was beaten after a brutal 11th round knockout.
Chisora returned to the ring in April, overcoming Senad Gashi by unanimous decision before a spectacular second-round knockout of Artur Szpilka in July.
Price making the most of late opportunity
Price has been handed a big opportunity at late notice and the Liverpool boxer will be focused on taking advantage by beating Chisora.
The 36-year-old has a record of 25 victories with six defeats from his professional career.
Price was seen as one of the best heavyweight prospects until he suffered a huge blow with his second-round stoppage defeat to Tony Thompson six years ago.
An immediate rematch again ended disastrously in Liverpool with Price knocked out in the fifth round and he has never fully recovered from these defeats.
Price faced Alexander Povetkin in Cardiff last year but the Russian’s left hook knocked him out in the fifth round.
He returned to the ring against Sergey Kusmin but was forced to pull out with a bicep injury after four rounds.
In an extraordinary ending in March, Price won by disqualification after opponent Kash Ali bit him during the fifth round.
Price’s last fight was in July with the 6ft 8in boxer defeating Dave Allen after his opponent asked the referee to end the contest.
Chisora to win
Chisora v Price: The Verdict
Both of these boxers have had their struggles although Chisora is clear 2/9 favourite to win. Price has a height and reach advantage but the 3/1 outsider is hard to fancy for the upset in London.
This fight is unlikely to go the distance and Price’s punch resistance has proved his downfall throughout his career.
Price has lost inside the distance on six occasions and Chisora’s power is likely to finish him off again on Saturday.
Four of these six defeats have come inside the first six rounds and it looks worth backing the fight to end before the midpoint of the contest.
Chisora may take a couple of rounds to find his range and a bet on a victory between the fourth and sixth round also appeals at 3/1.