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Derek Chisora vs Kubrat Pulev result: Chisora wins heavyweight classic by split decision and calls out Deontay Wilder for next fight

Derek Chisora vs Kubrat Pulev result: Chisora wins heavyweight classic by split decision and calls out Deontay Wilder for next fight thumbnail

Derek Chisora secured a split decision victory following a slobber-knocker clash against Kubrat Pulev.

War’s victory ended a three-match losing streak in emphatic style, showing the sort of heart that will silence talk of a potential retirement, with the 38-year-old targeting Deontay Wilder as his next opponent.

While Pulev deserves huge credit for his display, it was the 38-year-old Chisora’s impact with clean body shots that made all the different on a classic night at the O2 Arena in London.

It was a night to remember for Chisora who showed why he’s so highly regarded in the heavyweight division

It was a bright start to round one for Chisora who was putting Pulev to work with a number of blows to his ribs. Chisora’s strategy was clear early on as he looked to frustrate his opponent and ensure that he wasn’t caught with a knockout blow.

Pulev was clearly frustrated based on the opening round, and moving into round two it was clear that the Bulgarian was looking to stamp his authority on the fight.

The Cobra came away victorious in their first fight in Hamburg back in 2016, meaning that Pulev knew that he had the opportunity to cause some problems if he could catch the Brit with his jab. However Chisora has made his name nullifying the threat of his opponent, and early suggestions showed that this would be the strategy once again.

Pulev did well to keep his composure, with Chisora keeping close and ensuring that the fight remained ugly throughout.

After three rounds, Chisora was attracting praise from his corner due to the pace a velocity of his performance so far, with Delboy looking superior during the opening rounds and leaving Pulev with a nasty cut on his head. However things started to turn during rounds four and five, with the fifth ending with Pulev in control and Chisora on the ropes.

War retreated somewhat in rounds six and seven, however in the closing stages of the seventh the 38-year-old came out of the blocks and caught Pulev with a number of overhand shots. Chisora was battered a bruised, but showed the sort of heart that has seen him enjoy a career of more than 15 years, subjecting Pulev to every bit as much pain as he was suffering.

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Chisora made his way to the ring to ‘Always On My Mind’ by Elvis Presley

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Chisora made his way to the ring to ‘Always On My Mind’ by Elvis Presley

Chisora certainly showed real heart against Pulev at the O2

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Chisora certainly showed real heart against Pulev at the O2

Pulev gave The War plenty to think about during 12 mental rounds

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Pulev gave The War plenty to think about during 12 mental rounds

Derek Chisora vs Kubrat Pulev II living up to the ‘Total Carnage’ tagline.

— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) July 9, 2022

Moving into the tenth and 11th round, there was very little to choose between the two, with all 12 rounds being fought with both fighters convinced that they’d done enough to secure the win.

However it was Chisora who reaped the rewards for a performance that was full of heart as he ended talk of retirement by putting a stop to his three-match losing run.

Speaking after the fight, he said: “I think I last won a fight three years ago.

“It was hard. Pulev’s a great fighter. I’m happy today. At the same time, I’m sad.

Chisora was elated to hear that he’d come out on top

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Chisora was elated to hear that he’d come out on top

Chisora wasted no time in calling out Deontay Wilder as he target a massive next fight

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Chisora wasted no time in calling out Deontay Wilder as he target a massive next fight

“I don’t have many left in me, but what I have, I’m gonna give it all to you guys.

“I don’t have many left. I don’t want easy fights.

“I told Eddie [Hearn] the other day, if you can get me the ‘Bronze Bomber’ [Deontay Wilder], I’ll be happy.”

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