Chisora vs Johnson

Dereck Chisora Kevin Johnson

Chisora Johnson

Copper Box Arena, Stratford, London

15 February 2014, 19:00:00

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The WBO and WBA International Heavyweight Championship

Chisora coasts to unanimous decision over unambitious Johnson

Dereck Chisora extended his winning streak to five as he defended his WBO and WBA International Heavyweight titles against a one-paced Kevin Johnson.

Chisora v Johnson

Chisora outworked and outboxed his American opponent, who seemed more interested in taking the life out of the contest than actually winning it.

The Finchley heavyweight scored a huge and important knockdown in the fifth round as he caught Johnson with a swooping right hand, but Johnson recovered well to see out the round.

In the ninth, the American challenger enjoyed his best moment of the fight when he caught Chisora, but the referee deemed it low and gave Chisora time to recover.

Chisora threatened to stop Johnson for the first time in the eleventh round as he thundered in some clubbing shots late in the round, but the granite-chinned American soaked up the punishment.

And a low key final round passed off without note before the scorecards came back 118-109, 118-110, 118-109 all in favour of Dereck Chisora.

 

Pre-fight analysis

Heavyweight star Dereck Chisora begins his 2014 world title campaign on Saturday 15th February at London's Copper Box Arena as he aims to end the year as a world champion.

Power-punching Chisora finished off Czech Ondrej Pala inside three rounds at the Copper Box Arena to successfully defend his WBO Intercontinental belt and add the Vacant WBA International title to add to his European crown, and now he's eyeing up a what would be a fifth consecutive knockout win against former world title challenger Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson.

Chisora

2013 was a fantastic year for the Finchley ace, who won all four of his fights by KO and is in a great position to start 2014 as he looks to get his second shot at a world title. In his first attempt in February 2012 he pushed the WBC World Champion Vitali Klitschko the distance and giving him his hardest fight since Lennox Lewis nearly a decade earlier.

"I'm happy with the win against Pala and now I'm focused on finally becoming world champion and bringing the world title back to Britain.

"Pala gave it a good go and did land some shots early on, but remember he was the third replacement opponent and then when I turned on the power in the third round I got him out of there.  I'm pleased with the performance but there is still plenty of room for improvement.

"I started 2013 without a boxing license and through hard work and determination I've ended the year as the European, WBO Intercontinental and WBA International champion and now I'm in pole position for a world title shot."

Bradley Skeete Christopher Sebire

Skeete Sebire

15 February 2014, 19:00:00

The Vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Championship

Skeete strolls to routine UD win over Sebire

Bradley Skeete won the Vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight title and moved to 15-0 with a polished but low key win over Christopher Sebire.

Skeete Sabire

Skeete's best moments came in the first and 11th rounds, where he cuased real problems for the French stand-in opponent. In the first, he caught Sebire with a rasping shot which wobbled him and left him hanging on for the bell. And in the 11th, Skeete fired a fearsome upper cut only to be caught with a counter left hook from Sebire, sparking a frenetic final minute of the round.

But Penge's finest Skeete coasted home to a routine 120-108, 119-109, 117-111 margin of victory to launch his 2014.

Bradley Skeete

Pre-fight analysis

Skeete stepping up a level in his first fight of 2014

14-0 Bradley Skeete is stepping up a level when he faces the biggest test of his career in his first fight of 2014.

Skeete, 26, enjoyed a quartet of domestic successes in a 2013 which saw him win the English Welterweight Championship. Now the Penge fighter is looking to add the vacant WBA Intercontinental title and improve his standings with that sanctioning body.

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