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Chisora Back in The Mix With Knock Out of Malik Scott

By Alexey Sukachev

Wembley Arena, Wembley, London - Heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora (16-4, 10KOs) stopped previously undefeated Malik Scott (35-1-1, 12KOs) in the sixth round of action. Scott boxed well for the first two rounds, with Chisora starting to make some noise in the third and fourth with shots to the body. In the sixth round Scott went down from a big overhand right. When he went down, Scott didn't seem to be very hurt and appeared to miscalculate the count, as he wanted to take a count of eight, but he got up as the referee counted to ten and the fight was waved off. Chisora captures the WBO's international title.

The fight started to spoil right after the opening bell. Chisora came back in April after three consecutive losses to Robert Helenius, Vitali Klitschko and David Haye, and was his usual aggressive self from the starters. IBF #13 and WBA #15 Scott was working on the outside, trying to spoil the action as much as he could - which also didn't come as a surprise. Many clinches and lots of holding in the opening session but Scott's powerful left hook to the body made the difference. Same in the second round, when Scott was able to neglect Chisora's wide punches by bobbing and weaving at the ropes, taking much fire on his shoulders and his gloves and retaliating well with sudden uppercuts and body punches. Not much success for Chisora here.

The British boxer started to deliver more heat in the third. Having shaken off some ring rust in the first couple of stanzas, Del Boy began to land sharper, bigger punches in that round, while Scott was even more on defensive and didn't come up big at the end. In the fourth, Chisora was in control, giving more than he was taking, troubling Scott with body punches as well. He also tried to hunt down his head but the American was wise enough to avoid these wide looping shots. There were lots of fouls and clinching too - mostly on Scott's behalf, which he was warned for by referee Phil Edwards (specifically for excessive use of his shoulder) but there were no points deductions.

Scott did better in the fifth though, showing great lateral movement along the ropes and doing some damage with his jab. Chisora was easily the more active and willing of the two, but Scott utilized his spoiler's skills well and avoided being hit cleanly.

The sixth stanza was all the same - maybe with Chisora getting a bit more success. Once again, the bout was being marred with holding and hugging. Then, with fifteen seconds remaining Chisora tagged Scott with a long right hand, which landed the back of Scott's ear. And down he went along the ropes. As referee was making his count, Scott was on a knee, smiling and looking okay. Then, when Phil Edwards reached the count of nine, he suddenly (well, non unexpectedly) got up but Edwards issued the "out" shout even though Scott was up when the count wasn't finished, while looking absolutely fit to go on. While Scott himself was very quiet about the stoppage and soon went to Chisora's corner to acknowledge his gratitude to the Brit, his corner showed much more animosity towards what was probably a very unjust call.

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Frank "Wise Guy" Buglioni (9-0, 6 KOs), another rising British super middleweight of Italian origin, was forced to wrok hard en route for a decision win over durable Lithuanian trialhorse Kirill Psonko (10-26-2, 6 KOs). Buglioni, 24, a bigger of the two, did everything he ould to stop Psonko inside the distance but the Baltic fighter simply refused to go down. Moreover, later into the fight Psonko began to deliver some heat of his own and has some mild success in some exchanges while showing a tremendous chin at the very same time. The sole score was 79-74 - for Frank.

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Former amateur standout and 2007 Chicago bronze medalist Bradley Saunders moved up to 6-0, with 4 KOs, after dismantling limited Irishman Michael Kelly (8-6-1, 2 KOs) in five rounds.

Saunders started with confidence and showed his polished technique soon after the opening bell, decking Kelly with a big left hook to the liver. The Irish pugilist got up but the pattern has already been set. Saunders dominated every second of every round after that, but Kelly was game and tried to stay in business as long as he could. The end came at 0:41 of the fifth, when another of Bradley's combos implored referee Robert Williams to put a halt. Saunders was fighting for the first time in 2013 after healing his injured hand. Kelly has lost his sixth straight after going 8-0-1 from 2004 to 2009.

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Former amateur standout and 2007 Chicago bronze medalist Bradley Saunders moved up to 6-0, with 4 KOs, after dismantling limited Irishman Michael Kelly (8-6-1, 2 KOs) in five rounds.

Saunders started with confidence and showed his polished technique soon after the opening bell, decking Kelly with a big left hook to the liver. The Irish pugilist got up but the pattern has already been set. Saunders dominated every second of every round after that, but Kelly was game and tried to stay in business as long as he could. The end came at 0:41 of the fifth, when another of Bradley's combos implored referee Robert Williams to put a halt. Saunders was fighting for the first time in 2013 after healing his injured hand. Kelly has lost his sixth straight after going 8-0-1 from 2004 to 2009.

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Despite his amateur pedigree, an unbeaten record, a string of recent fast kayos and  solid hype surrounding him in Russia, there were fears that Dmitry Chudinov, a 26-year slugger from Serpukhov, was too rugged and not polished enough to compete at the elite level. Those fears have been proven right by a road warrior Patrick Mendy, whose biggest win came at 2010 Prizefighter series. Mendy, 22, was able to hold Chudinov to a draw - 76-76 - in a fight, some felt he had deserved to win.

Chudinov (now 9-0-2, 6 KOs) started aggressively but Mendy used his superior footwork, elusiveness and upper body movement at the ropes to keep himself out of danger. Chudinov was unable to set a target straight in the first couple of rounds but came big in the third with several left hooks, which hurt Mendy. The latter danced his way out of danger and outboxed Chudinov in the fourth. The Russian fighter staged a slight comeback in the next couple of stanzas but Mendy finished the show well. He wasn't hitting Chudinov hard but his defense allowed him to take little punishment, while the Russian was ineffective with his march-forward style, throwing much and landing little - both to the body and head of Mendy (14-6-1, 1 KO). BoxingScene had it 77-75 - for Mendy.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ravens Fan on 07-22-2013

[QUOTE=The Weebler II;13580027]Sulky is what I was referring to. Well Helenius is there, deserved or not. Also, I don't think Chisora is the type of fighter to ever really impress a neutral since his style is not aesthetic and he…

Comment by Weebler I on 07-22-2013

[QUOTE=Ravens Fan;13579842]I assume surly is British slang for find amusing because that is all it boils down to.[/quote] [QUOTE]sur·ly /ˈsərlē/ Adjective [B]Bad-tempered and unfriendly: "he left with a surly expression"[/B]. Synonyms [B]morose - gruff - sullen - sulky[/B][/QUOTE] Sulky is…

Comment by Pugilist King on 07-22-2013

Chisora getting all this experience is gonna make him tKe the lead in like a year or 2

Comment by Ravens Fan on 07-22-2013

[QUOTE=The Weebler II;13579619]It was both. The '0' fools a lot of people, particularly in the States. Chisora was also coming off losses and that can also tell a false tale. Scott is a good fighter, he would have success against…

Comment by Weebler I on 07-22-2013

[QUOTE=Ravens Fan;13579601]I don't believe that the experts thought Scott was the favorite because of how good they thought he was. I believe they had him as the favorite because of how bad they believed Chisora to be.[/quote] It was both.…

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