Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo - Agit Kabayel (17-0, 12 KOs) picked up the biggest win of his pro career with a twelve round majority decision over Dereck Chisora (27-8, 19 KOs) to retain the EBU heavyweight title. The scores were 114-114, 115-113 and 115-114 for Kabayel.
This was the second fight of the year for Kabayel, after winning a twelve round decision over Herve Hubeaux back in February to capture the vacant EBU crown.
For Chisora, it was his second fight since losing a close, and some felt controversial, twelve round split decision to his domestic rival Dillian Whyte back in December of 2016.
Kabayel started off with some hooks to the body, as Chisora was in his usual mode of stalking and looking for big punches. Not much was landing for Chisora in the early going, as Kabayel was landing well with his shots.
Things were heating up in the third round as Chisora began to work his way into the fight with landed shots of his own. Kabayel continued to do well, pumping a double-jab, moving very well and landing good counters on the veteran.
Chisora looked very tired by the midway point of the fight. He was unable to get his punches going or land anything really of note, as Kabayel continued to stay calm and box, round by round. Chisora was unable to deal with the movement of his opponent. Kabayel was pumping the jab, landing good counters when Chisora would attempt to step inside and never allowed himself to get hit with too many punches.
Chisora was trying to change the fight in the eleventh round, by pressing forward a lot more and letting his hands go. He was starting to do better, backing up the champion and landing some punches. Kabayel seemed to take a round off as Chisora was looking to do some damage.
They were trading punches at the start of the twelfth round. Kabayel was giving as good as he was getting. The crowd was on their feet, cheering Kabayel on, as Chisora was raining down the punches and looking for a game-changing punches - but Kabayel was also landing some solid shots that were clocking Chisora flush.
Young Harlem Eubank (3-0, 1 KO) clearly hasn't impressed in a lackluster performance against unheralded French journeyman Aboubeker Bechelaghem (12-9-1). Eubank was down in the first - although it hasn;t been ruled a knockdown - and struggled to earn a split decision over four: 39-38, 39-37 and 37-39.