Derek Chisora scored a sixth round knockout victory over Malik Scott at Wembley Arena last night, but the win did not come without its controversy that has become so accustomed with the British boxer.
The 29-year-old was on the front foot from the start and Scott was left nursing swelling under his right eye at the end of round one.
But the previously unbeaten American fought back in the fight, which was by no means a classic, as the two fighter’s style’s did not complement each other on the slightest.
Following the fifth round, the fight could have been going either way with little to separate to two, but Chisora suddenly knocked down Scott in the sixth with a powerful right-hook.
The 32-year-old from Philadelphia appeared to be not too shaken, but he didn’t return to his feet until the referee had reached a count of nine, and he deemed Scott was unable to continue, much to his frustration.
Chisora had set about changing his approach to boxing, having undertook anger-management lessons and switching to a carefully controlled diet rather than binging on Jaffa Cakes before the bout.
He has now set his sights on a rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, though a fight with Britain’s David Price could be more likely with both boxers aiming to get their careers back on track.
"I knew if I caught him he was going to go down, and I caught him," Chisora told www.fightnews.com.
"I want to go back to Germany and fight Vitali again."
Scott insisted that he had returned to his feet within the referees count, but he respected the shot and didn’t take anything away from Chisora’s right-hook.
"I'm a professional,” said Scott. “Dereck hit me with a good shot. I gave myself an eight-count and was up at nine."