By Kevin Francis, Courtesy of The Daily Star
DERECK CHISORA is back in the world title mix – thanks to his opponent Malik Scott getting his numbers mixed up.
The British heavyweight claimed a somewhat bizarre sixth-round win over previously unbeaten American Scott at Wembley Arena on Saturday.
Chisora immediately set his sights on a rematch with WBC champ Vitali Klitschko, who claimed a unanimous points win over him in February 2012.
He was helped to victory by the poor judgement of Scott, who was knocked to the canvas with a powerful overhand right.
The 32-year-old thought he had beat the count when he climbed to his feet and looked set to carry on, but he mis-timed his move and referee Victor Loughlin waved the fight off.
Scott said: “I counted to eight and rose and was ready to resume fighting. Everyone knows that if you are up at eight, you beat the count of 10.”
His irate trainer Jesse Reid was furious and shouted from the corner: “B******s! B******s! He was up by eight.”
Malik Scott fails to get back up against Chisora Malik Scott fails to get back up against Chisora
In reality, though, Scott appeared to rise at nine and can have no real complaints. He said: “I am not going to make this an issue – Dereck won fair and square.”
Chisora said: “I now want a rematch with Klitschko. I knew just how important this fight was – I couldn’t afford to lose.
“It was controversial. He showed good speed in the first three rounds but then his power started to go.
“I knew if I caught him he would go down, and that’s what happened.”
Billy Joe Saunders claimed a unanimous points decision over Irishman Gary O’Sullivan, with the 2008 Olympian always in command.