Zim fans savage boxer Chisora


Harare – Dereck Chisora has come in for some savage criticism from his fellow Zimbabweans after a lifeless performance, on the big stage in London on the morning of November 30, turned him into Tyson Fury’s punching bag as he surrendered his European heavyweight boxing crown.

And the Zimbabweans were not the only ones fuming.

There were even calls, by other boxing fans, for the heavyweight boxer, who was born in Harare but fights under his acquired British citizenship, to retire after barely landing a punch, in 10 rounds of an embarrassing one-sided contest, in which he looked completely out of depth at this level of the sport.

“What a terrible performance from Chisora and what a total embarrassment,” someone who posted as Hayemaker, wrote on the 606v2 website, which asked whether it was time for the heavyweight boxer to hang his gloves.

“Sorry, but if you are losing every round to Fury and looking like you can’t be bothered then you know it is time to retire.

“For anyone who thinks Fury is anyway good because he managed to win last night, just look to see how poor Chisora was. He was worse than the first time they fought.”

Chisora, who turns 31 on December 31, came into the fight to defend his European crown and also fight for the vacant British heavyweight title.

But, after his trainer Don Charles had promised that his shorter boxer had a game plan to counter Fury’s reach advantage, Chisora never exploded and kept walking into the jabs and uppercuts unleashed by his giant opponent.

Despite the high stakes, given that this was a final eliminator for one of them to win the right to fight Wladimir Klitschko, for the title of undisputed heavyweight championship of the world, this showdown never exploded and was a poor advertisement for a division struggling for superstars.

Now and again, there were boos from the 15 700 capacity crowd and the majority of them had left by the time that Charles convinced Chisora, who could barely see after having been battered by a flurry of punches all night, not to continue with the fight at the end of the 10th round.

Charles could be heard telling his boxer that he wanted him to walk out of the ring on his feet and, if he was to throw himself into the final two rounds of this contest, chances were that he could end up being taken away in a stretcher.

Chisora agreed and the referee ended an embarrassing one-sided contest in which Chisora’s swollen face told the story of a man who had been pounded in 10 rounds.

As early as the fourth round, Charles could be heard asking Chisora if he wanted to continue with this fight with the trainer wondering why the boxer wasn’t using his feet and speed and also trying to get inside Fury.

Zimbabweans, including thousands who waited until 03:00 in their country to watch the fight live in SuperSport, hoping that Chisora would triumph, were left a disappointed lot, after a very poor showing by their man.

And they were all severe in their criticism.

“Dereck Chisora should be charged for bringing the Zimbabwean legendary boxing community into disrepute,” Brighton Musonza, a Zimbabwean based in the United Kingdom, wrote on his Facebook page.

“He is just making himself available for some humiliating beating up for money and it’s this sort of behaviour that makes the likes of the late Kilimanjaro (former Zimbabwe and Africa heavyweight champion) turn in their graves.

“It’s just getting so frustrating and embarrassing for my homeboy.”

Former Zimbabwe international football star, Henry McKop, who is now based in South Africa, described Chisora as a clown.

“Glad that CLOWN did not wear any Zim colours last night. He was like a PUNCHING BAG… ONLY uglier.”

Tinashe Chimombe said he feared for Chisora.

“He was everywhere. They guy seems to be taking blows for a living. He won’t know where he is at 31 like Cassius Clay (Muhamad Ali) is at 70.”

Journalist, Moses Mudzwiti, said it was time for the Chisora show to be stopped.

“Curtains … please save this man from himself,” said Mudzwiti.

And Edward Tafi-Madzara agreed.

“He behaves like a politician who files papers knowing there’s no hope, even a miracle, to cause an upset,” said Tafi-Madzara.

“If he does well he is a British boxer but when he gets all the beating he’s Zimbabwean- born boxer.”

Ottis Mubaiwa said Chisora needed to be charged for the horror show that he displayed on November 30.

“I hope he is charged for impersonating a boxer.”

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