Dereck Chisora may want to use his inexperience to his advantage as he attempts to shock the boxing world by winning the IBO and WBO heavyweight titles from Wladimir Klitschko.
Chisora is the 6/1 underdog to beat Klitschko in the boxing betting odds and follow in the footsteps of David Haye to become Britain’s second heavyweight world champion.
Few people are giving Chisora a hope as he gives up experience, height and reach to the Ukrainian, but it is the first of these which may end up working in his favour.
Chisora has won all 14 of his professional fights to date, although he has never fought a heavyweight ranked in the top 20 in the world, which shows the extent at which he is stepping up in class.
However, one thing that Chisora does not lack is confidence and he has his sights set on emulating the underdog victory of Corrie Sanders in 2003, who knocked out Klitschko in the second round.
The 26-year-old said: “I’m not going to play by Klitschko’s rules. To exchange punches with him at distance is not for me. I’m going right through his punches to chop him down. When I get to Wladimir’s jaw, he will fall.”
Klitschko is definitely a boxer who puts in the time and research ahead of fights, but Chisora’s lack of high-class showdowns may make him much tougher to work out, while he will go in with the intent of attacking.
Three of Chisora’s last four wins have come inside three rounds and it is likely that he will need a fast start if he is to beat Klitschko.
The boxing betting odds are 10/1 that Chisora wins by knockout and 33/1 that he beats Klitschko in the opening three rounds.
A £10 bet on Chisora beating Klitschko between rounds four and six could result in a payout of £400. New Ladbrokes customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.