Photos: Chisora Digs Deep, Scores Crushing Knockout of Takam

By Chris Williamson, photos by Lawrence Lustig

O2 Arena, London - Dereck Chisora won a sensational heavyweight shoot out with an eighth round knockout of fellow former heavyweight title challenger Carlos Takam to win the WBA international title.

chisora-takam-fight (9)

Chisora has been here before of course and tonight’s bout - chief support to Whyte vs Parker - had a “loser leaves town” feel to it with the Finchley man having lost three of his previous six - to Kubrat Pulev, Dillian Whyte and Agit Kabayel - while the three fighters beaten all well below championship class.

chisora-takam-fight (11)

The Frenchman Takam, coming off a brave challenge to Anthony Joshua last October (tenth round TKO loss) forced almost the entire opener to be fought in Chisora’s corner, bullying the Finchley man and landing heavy uppercuts and hooks.

chisora-takam-fight (4)

The second session was more evenly fought as Chisora found some rhythm and each man hurt the other with short hooks and uppercuts.

More boxing was on show in the third as first Chisora and then Taken utilised their jabs and Chisora was warned by referee Howard Foster for low blows, but it wasn’t long before hostilities resumed as a breathless pace in the fourth saw Takam again pressing Chisora to the ropes, with ‘Del Boy’ countering with huge hooks.

chisora-takam-fight (6)

A left hook from Chisora drew a shrug from Takam as the pattern in the fifth with Takam the more offensive fighter and Chisora against the ropes finding leverage for swinging counter hooks. There was no quit in either man during a pulsating contest.

chisora-takam-fight (5)

Somehow the heat turned up even more in the sixth as the two took turns to land and continued after the bell. Takam clearly felt he was establishing his superiority, saluting to the crowd at the end of the seventh.

chisora-takam-fight (7)

It wasn’t to be for the visitor as in the first minute of the eighth Chisora landed a swinging right hook to the top of Takam’s head, flooring the tough Frenchman. Takam bravely beat the count but Chisora smelled blood, feinting with the left jab before detonating a final sensational right to the chin to leave Takam flat on his back, referee Foster waving the fight off immediately.

chisora-takam-fight (3)

“It was tough,’ said Chisora afterwards with some understatement. It was a fight of the year contender and Chisora has sensationally saved his career at this level.

chisora-takam-fight (2)

chisora-takam-fight (13)

chisora-takam-fight (14)

chisora-takam-fight (15)

chisora-takam-fight (16)

chisora-takam-fight (17)

chisora-takam-fight (18)

chisora-takam-fight (19)

chisora-takam-fight (20)

chisora-takam-fight (21)

chisora-takam-fight (1)

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cracaphat on 07-29-2018

[QUOTE=Abovetheclouds;18977114]I agree with that but heavyweight boxing doesn't just revolve around Wilder & Joshua. As last night proved.[/QUOTE] Last night was for British boxing.Chisora and Whyte are just being overhyped because they like a good scrap.They still can't beat either…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 07-29-2018

Chisora is nuts I can't work him out, his whole career has been up and down, he just lost to a journeyman in Monaco 18 months ago now he's stopping Takam. He is exciting and unpredictable I love it!

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 07-29-2018

Wilder would never fight Chisora. He is just scared of that kind of guys. he would never fight Takam or Whyte either.

Comment by Abovetheclouds on 07-29-2018

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;18977033]:) ............................[/QUOTE] I agree with that but heavyweight boxing doesn't just revolve around Wilder & Joshua. As last night proved.

Comment by MDPopescu on 07-29-2018

[quote] ... Both chisora and takam get beat by wilder and joshua with ease... [/quote] [quote=abovetheclouds;18976998][b]i don't think boxing is the sport for you my friend. [/b] ...[/quote] :) ............................

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (13)
Top Headlines Top Rank on ESPN Early Results From Turning Stone Casino Photos: Maurice Hooker, Mikkel LesPierre - Go Face To Face Photos: Dmitry Bivol, Joe Smith - Go Face To Face in New York Pacquiao-Broner Weigh-In Results From MGM Grand Bivol-Smith 3/9 DAZN Show Heading To Turning Stone Resort Andrade vs. Akavov LIVE Results From Madison Square Garden Video: Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez - Trade Words, Face To Face Manny Pacquiao Guaranteed At Least $20 Million For Broner Bout Raja Amasheh: I Feel Like Amanda Serrano, WBO Stole My Title Akavov Sees Andrade Win As His Middleweight Lottery Ticket Jessie Vargas Wants Kell Brook Showdown on April 6 Crawford: I've Been Hit With Bigger Shots Since Gamboa Fight Photos: Thorslund vs. Graf, Ceylan vs. Sanchez - On Weight Andrade: Saunders Unprofessional, But If It Happens, It Happens Krael, McCarter, Hitchins, Cortes Win in Las Vegas: Bellows Loses News: Lerena vs. Mann, Nico Hernandez, Sam Bowen, More Malignaggi: Danny Garcia wins 'close, tricky fight' with Granados Hearn: I Don't Believe We've Yet Seen The Best of Andrade Bob Arum: Al Haymon is Doing a Disservice to His Welterweights Andrade: I'm The Best Talent Out There at 154, 160, Maybe 168's Television Picks of The Week - January 18 UK News: Joyce-Tiffney, Archie Sharp, Danny Dignum, More Why Are So Many Boxing Fans Still Drawn To Adrien Broner? Kovalev Charged With Felony Assault, Allegedly Punched Woman Video: Malignaggi Breaks Down Canelo-Jacobs, Pacquiao-Broner Video: Memo Heredia Talks Pacquiao-Broner, Spence-Garcia Video: Badou Jack Ready For Marcus Browne Clash Video: Broner's Trainer Gives Take on Pacquiao Fight Video: Dillian Whyte Discusses Being a Free Agent, More Maurice Hooker Set For March 9 Defense vs. Mikkel LesPierre De La Hoya: Jacobs Worries Me; 2nd-Best at 160 After Canelo Roach: Pacquiao Hit Me To The Chest - Whole Body Went Numb! WBC: Jack-Browne Winner Will Be Mandatory To Gvozdyk Canelo-Jacobs: Venue TBD, T-Mobile The Current Frontrunner Photos: Warren vs. Oubaali, Ruiz vs. Tepora - Face To Face Photos: Badou Jack, Marcus Browne - Go Face To Face Jacobs Inks New Deal With Hearn, Three Fight Deal With DAZN Photos: Bryant Jennings, Oscar Rivas - Ready For Battle in Verona Photos: Terence Crawford, Amir Khan - Go Face To Face in NYC Ellerbe: Broner Beating Pacquiao is No Upset, This is 50-50 Fight

Latest Active Forum Threads