By Karl Freitag
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko says it was Dereck Chisora’s spirited effort against Robert Helenius that earned him a world title shot. Chisora weighed in at a career high 261 in his dreadful loss to Tyson Fury, but came 18 pounds lighter against Helenius and seemingly did enough to win. Please don’t underestimate Chisora,” stated Vitali during a conference call Wednesday. “He’s young, very aggressive, he’s very hungry and he wants to be world champion very much. I was very impressed when I saw his last fight against Robert Helenius. Before their fight everybody would talk about Helenius like he was the next world champion and yes, of course, I saw the last fight and everybody (loved) Chisora. Chisora may have lost the decision, but many experts who saw the fight, saw Chisora dominate the fight. He beat Helenius, but in split decision, Helenius won.
“After this fight, I (called) to my manager and told him I want to fight this guy. This will be very good challenge for me. This will be a really interesting fight for not just for the audience, but for me, because I need a challenge. And my thoughts, my opinion; I (can’t) fight a nobody. I need a challenge. I want to fight the strongest challenger and Chisora is one of them and I’m more than sure the fight Saturday night will be very, very interesting.”
Klitschko (43-2, 40 KOs) and Chisora (15-3, 9 KOs) collide Saturday at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany. The card will be televised in Germany on RTL and EPIX in the U.S.