By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
LENNOX LEWIS believes underdog Dereck Chisora can spring a major surprise by landing the WBC world heavyweight title here on Saturday.
Londoner Chisora challenges champion Vitali Klitschko in a contest where the German-based Ukrainian is bookies’ firm favourite to come out on top.
Klitschko is a massive 10-1 ON shot with most bookmakers, while Chisora fans can gets odds of around 6-1 on their man coming out on top.
But Lewis, the most recent undisputed world heavyweight champion, says that Chisora has a puncher’s chance of coming away from the bout with the belt.
Lewis, who gained a technical KO win over Klitschko in 2003, said: “Vitali is very good, but Chisora has a chance. Dereck is a heavyweight and all it takes is one punch on the chin to win. I always say if you walk into the ring, you have to get wet.
“If Klitschko is in the fight, in the ring, and he gets punched, there is a chance that he might get hurt or knocked out. It will be an interesting fight.” Chisora gained the chance of meeting Klitschko after a gutsy performance against contender Robert Helenius in Finland that should have resulted in a points win.
But he was denied victory due to controversial scoring at ringside in a contest that Klitschko says should have gone to the Brit.
Chisora, who arrived here last night, was delighted with the comments from Lewis and said:
“It’s good to hear that from a great fighter like Lennox.”
Klitschko, who has lost just two of his 45 pro fights, has never been knocked down or even been behind on the scorecards.
But Chisora is confident he can be the first to put him on the canvas and said: “Lennox understands that anyone can get hurt with a good punch in the ring, no matter who you are. One good shot is all I need to topple Klitschko.
“I’m going into the fight as the underdog, just the way I like it, so when I knock him out in round eight, it will be a massive shock that will be felt around the world.
“At the end of the day it’s me in the ring and I’ve got to go in there and do a job on him. It’s a challenge I am more than ready for.”