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Derek Chisora v Kubrat Pulev II Boxing Betting Odds, Tips & Predictions
Derek Chisora will be looking to claim his first heavyweight victory since October 2019 when he shares a ring with Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev for the second time in their careers.
These two last faced off at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany back in 2016 with Pulev claiming a split decision that saw him win the vacant European heavyweight title.
Pulev looked in control for most of the fight, but one judge saw it differently. Two judges scored it 118-110 and 116-112 to Pulev with the third judge going 115-113 in favour of Chisora.
It is debatable whether or not you can class Chisora as a world-class fighter. He is as tough as old boots and will always put on a show, but I think he is more a domestic fighter rather than a world one.
His last three fights have all ended in defeat. He lost by unanimous decision against Oleksandr Usyk in October 2020, before suffering back-to-back defeats against Joseph Parker.
He may have lost all three of those fights on points, but he showed promise in all of those contests. I admit he is a decent fighter, I just don’t see him making that crucial step up.
Chisora will know what Pulev brings to the table, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he can stop him. Pulev is no mug.
He has won 29 of his 31 professional fights, with 14 coming by way of knockout, 14 by decision and one disqualification.
His two defeats saw him knocked out by Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. So, nothing to be too embarrassed about.
His comeback fight after his defeat to Joshua, saw him win on points against Jerry Forrest. If the same Pulev turns up that faced Joshua, then Chisora will be in for an easy night.
I don’t think Pulev – who was knocked down three times – will perform like that again. I also cannot see him knocking Chisora out. To KO Chisora, you will need to beat him up for a long time. I am backing Pulev to get his arm raised with a points decision.
Chisora will not quit, but I don’t think he is clever enough to halt Pulev.