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Saturday, 04 November 2017 20:13

Chisora vs Kabayel: Odds, prediction, preview

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Since 2010, Dereck Chisora (27-7, 19 KO) has been a staple in heavyweight boxing.

He's faced the likes of Tyson Fury (twice), Robert Helenius, Vitali Klitschko, David Haye and Kubrat Pulev. And win or lose, the spunky Chisora has earned a reputation for always coming to fight. However, over the past year, many have concluded David is past his best and is no longer the rugged force of nature we're accustomed to seeing.

Is the Brit damaged goods? Perhaps we'll find out tonight when he challenges surging German Agit Kabayel for the European heavyweight title.

“Right now, I’m in beast mode,” Chisora said yesterday at the pre-fight press conference. “We’re going to bring the hurricane.”

“I’m going to destroy this kid,” he said. “There’s no two ways about it.”

Who is this guy?
Only 25, Kabayel is 16-0 with 12 knockouts. And while he has yet to beat a name opponent, his most recent wins (this year and in 2016) have come against opponents with formidable records; Herve Hubeaux (then 26-1) and Christian Lewandowski (9-0). 

Boasting a meager 5-0 amateur record, the 6'3 1/2," inch mauler is ranked No. 32 in the division by BoxRec. The often unpredictable Chisora is ranked No. 21.

Chisora vs Kabayel odds
Ladbrokes, skybet and bet365 list Chisora as the 1/2 favorite with Agit the underdog at 6/4.

Why?
Bettors obviously like the Brit's experience and the style match-up.

A brawler, Kabayel is there to be hit and doesn't seem to have the speed or technique to get away from a seasoned fighter like Chisora. However, Kabayel also packs a punch so Chisora should use tact and be wary of his foes punching power when he mounts his offensives.

Chisora vs Kabayel prediction
For Kabayel to win, he'll have to bully Chisora and out brawl the Brit. It'll be an entertaining fight, and don't be surprised if both fighters get hurt and/or floored. In the end, David's durability, technique and experience will be too much for the young German.

Prediction: Chisora by unanimous decision

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Lee Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.


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