Chisora Back in the Picture, Scott Back In Line

BY Phil Woolever ON July 22, 2013

Chisora, Scott 22-7-2013

GIVE "EM DEL, BOY - Dereck Chisora, 17-4 (11), scored a controversial 6th round stoppage of previously undefeated US heavyweight hopeful Malik Scott in a high profile contest at London's Wembley Arena on Saturday.

Scott subsequently scored big, but probably unprofitable class act points with a personal stoppage of further controversy.

 Counted out by referee Phil Edwards after rising from a knockdown, Scott may or may not have fully regained stable footing by the toll of "ten". 

It was hard to distinguish from multiple-angle replays.

Slow motion appeared to show Scott starting up from a knee just at "nine" and next, being waved off a beat of the corresponding count later at what would have been "ten" had Edwards said anything. Excellent camera work from directly behind Scott's silhouette showed Edwards counting loud and clear with his progressively raised fingers in Scott's face.

It looked like Scott was timing the count in a fully coherent manner. Whether or not he was up and able to continue is the question. Scott, now 35-1-1, exhibiting sportsmanship and class, gave an accurate answer to the media.

 "Everybody knows I was up in time, but Dereck won a good, clean fight and we're not going to turn this into something," said Scott, who represented the States well despite the result.

"I'm a professional. Dereck hit me with a good shot, I gave myself an eight count. Hopefully they'll have me back for a rematch."

Most ringsiders reported Scott was ahead just before the fight's finish, but no official scores were available.

Scott appeared clear headed enough to continue, at least under boxing's brutal general protocol.

No one, including Scott, will ever know exactly what was going through his cranium during those crucial seconds.

"I knew he'd go down if I caught him, and I caught him," summarized Chisora, who was in excellent condition and appeared ready to keep good pressure on for ten rounds.

Chisora credited his mother and promoter Frank Warren among those responsible for a newly dedicated training attitude that indeed seemed in evidence.

"One day my mom had enough and said why don't you listen to people?" reflected a revitalized Chisora. "Then Frank got me in his office, saying he didn't understand what was wrong, and I saw a tear. I decided I'd listen to the people trying to help me for six months, and then do things my way again if nothing happened."

Something indeed happened, in the form of a thudding overhand right that looked like it caught Scott on the left side of his noggin and upper neck and resulted in a post-mauling knockdown as Scott was bent to a knee.

What might have happened if the fight continued is as moot as it gets.

It was not really an action packed battle, with more clinches and shoves than big punches, but it was hard fought at a good pace and it was entertaining.

One point many observers took away was that if Scott had more of a punch he would really be a dangerous boxer.

Scott may not have showed the best strategy, but he did show personal integrity. Strategy can be improved, and integrity can be magic.

Scott is probably motivated, like Chisora, to pay more attention. They both earned another look, separately, or in what would probably be another good draw, a rematch.

If Scott were willing to meet another noteworthy American prospect immediately, he could find that he didn't really lose much ground at all.

Meanwhile, Chisora has bigger plans now.

"I want to go back to Germany," offered Chisora. "Me and the older Klitschko have unfinished business."

Chisora is still realistically at least a step away from getting back to that level, but at least we know he's willing. Warren indicated a stay busy fight against a recognized opponent was planned for September in the meantime.

One solid opportunity might be an elimination brawl against always willing Manuel Charr.

Charr looks like he could really develop into something, but the key word is develop.

Right now Charr might be too brave for his own professional good. He'd probably welcome a fight with the far more battle-tested Chisora, which isn't the best risk-reward option Charr may find.

Chisora against Tony Thompson, with a solid UK undercard, could fill a small soccer stadium. Add Scott against David Price and you've got a big night, mate.

This weekend marked the ironic anniversary of another, bigger night, which resulted in a controversial KO when Mike Tyson stopped Carl Williams in the first round in Atlantic City.

After Chisora's stoppage loss to David Haye, some people said Chisora's career was pretty much finished.

Some people said big nights for the heavyweights were over long ago, too.

deepwater says:

Scott is a bum who was used to knocking out worse bums. Chisora has been in there with top guys and held his own. it was no funny business except on Scott's part. If you go down and want to take a knee and clear your head you get up at the count of 8 not 9.5. Scott had it easy and it showed. he took the easy way out instead of getting laid out.

Bernie Campbell says:

There was something definitely counterfeit about this fight! Scott was at least 2 rounds up! Chisora was basicly dancing and had an inability to cut off the ring! Too bad there wasn't any compubox stats on this because Chisora was propably throwing about 15 punches per round! Scott was displaying superior foot movement and he was fighting off the ropes effectively! Chisora came out with a right to the temple which didn't appear to hurt Malik! He went to one knee! He rose at 9 and it got waved a knockout! Why in the heck did he wait so long? Chisora doesn't play with a full deck! Being considerably overweight for Fury, slapping Vitali in the preliminaries, The big farce of his fight prior with Argintinian Hector Avilla! (He looked garbage)! The suspension of his license because of the street fight with Haye after with Vitali! What entity has his claws in him? BP?

kidcanvas says:

scott got hosed ,that count was as fuzzy as zack claytons over forman in zaire ...

brownsugar says:

Another example of shady refereeing in the UK... Regardless of what anybody thinks about Scott,he was up well before the ref counted 10. Maybe he would have lost.. Maybe he could have eaked out a decision. ...
Before he was flagrantly rabbit punched...and given the dirty end of the shaft on Brittish TV.. even those present at the fiasco protested the short count boisterously... England is starting to catch up to Germany when it comes to hometown Reffing.

brownsugar says:

I saw the scored Deep... that's not the point ....the man was deprived an opportunity to continue...It wouldn't have bothered me in the least if Chisora had rolled him over like a freight train. The point is he popped up in plenty of time looking unphased and ready to go...and even though he looked more perplexed than upset...I didn't get the feeling he was about to lay down and quit at that particular moment. Scott was still in the fight...

brownsugar says:

That's what you got from it ....Personally I saw a fighter get cheated out of a fair count...and it spoiled the entire experience. Not the first bad call and certainly not the last... but I hate it whenever I see it.

amayseng says:

I see both your points.
Scott should have tried to get up at 8 and evening he didn't that ref or any ref should not wave off a fight until he hits the count of 10 and if the fighter isn't up.

brownsugar says:

Thanks. ... Chisora was smokin' .....and had no reservations at all about pressing the fight...Malik may well have been getting very uncomfortable in there........An overzealous ref need not deprive the fans of the fights natural ending. ...its not like Del Boy needed the help.

DaveB says:

Great Scott. Scott gets beat by the Doughboy with an assist from the ref. He said his head was clear and he should have gotten his *ss off the canvas in time. Enough blame to go around. Doughboy got over at this lower level. I hear him talking about unfinished business with V. Klitshcko. What about redeeming himself against David Haye? I guess that was finished business. In my opinion he came in out of shape and never gave himself a chance.

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