By Charles Brun: Eddie Hearn says he’s ready to reveal Dereck Chisora’s opponent on Tuesday for his October 26 fight on Sky Box Office at the O2 Arena in London, England. Hearn isn’t giving any hints about who the guy is, but it’s unreasonable to expect a high caliber opponent.
“Dereck Chisora’s opponent will be announced tomorrow,” said Hearn to Boxing Social in talking about the October 26 card.
Dereck with a chance to impress
This is Chisora’s opportunity to win over boxing fans by him taking on a talented contender like Michael Hunter or former WBA world champion Alexander Povetkin. Chisora wants a world title shot, and he could get pushed up the rankings if he beats a good heavyweight. Unfortunately, it’s not likely that Chisora will be taking a risky fight.
Chisora (31-9, 22 KOs) had previously set to fight Joseph Parker in the co-feature bout on October 26, but the New Zealand fighter pulled out last week after suffering a spider bite. Immediately, Hearn had a massive amount of both good and not so good heavyweights that volunteered to take the spot left vacant by Parker. As of last week, this was what was left:
- Manuel Charr
- David Price
- Michael Hunter
Previous names that had been on the list were Alexander Povetkin, Otto Wallin and Oscar Rivas.
Charr or Price are likely what Hearn’s pick is going to come from for Chisora to fight. Hunter might be too talented for Chisora.
Hearn was happy with Golovkin vs. Derevyanchenko undercard
Despite the huge amount of grumbling boxing fans about the Gennady Golovkin vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko undercard being filled with mismatches, Hearn says he was quite pleased with the two main undercard fights. Hearn liked the matches between Israil Madrimov and Alejandro Barrera, and Ivan Baranchyk and Gabriel Bracero. Both of those fights ended in knockout for Madrimov and Baranchyk.
“The main two fights were really entertaining,,” said Hearn about talking about the undercard being weak for the Golovkin vs. Derevyanchenko card. “I thought the [Israil] Madrimov [vs. Alejandro Barrera] fight was fantastic, and I thought Baranchyk [vs. Gabriel Bracero] fight was electric. I thought it was great. When you have a main event of that size, not everyone puts on big, big shows.
“This was my first time working with Gennadiy. I would have liked a better undercard, and so would he. But sometimes it doesn’t work that way. The guy that fought Ali Akhmedov [Andre Hernandez] went 10 rounds with Caleb Plant. He was a durable guy, but he got starched in the 1st round.
“I thought the undercard was decent with Madrimov and Baranchyk. If the main event had been poor, I think a lot more people would have been sore about the undercard. As it happens, it [Golovkin vs. Derevyanchenko] was one of the best fights of the year,” said Hearn.
These were the results of the Golovkin-Derevyanchenko undercard fights:
Israil Madrimov TKO 5 Alejandro Barrera
Ivan Baranchyk TKO 4 Gabriel Bracero
Ali Akhmedov TKO 1 Andrew Hernandez
Brian Ceballo TKO 3 Ramal Amanov
Kamil Szeremeta TKO 2 Oscar Cortes
Nikita Ababiy KO 1 Isiah Seldon
Marco Delgado TKO 2 Joseph Ward