- Dereck Chisora knocked out David Price in the fourth round of a heavyweight fight at the 02 Arena in London on Saturday.
- Chisora was never in trouble against Price, dominating his larger opponent through each and every round.
- The thumping win arrived days after Chisora attracted headlines for saying he was going to murder Price. He later apologized.
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02 ARENA, LONDON — Dereck Chisora just scored a fourth round knockout over David Price just days after saying he was going to murder him at a media event earlier in the week.
Chisora established an early lead and never lost his dominance as Price was outclassed and punched to the floor, before a white towel was thrown into the ring to rescue him from a greater beating.
Price, extraordinarily tall with a substantial reach, failed to use his natural and physical assets, allowing Chisora to work on the inside before left hooking out of the clinch in the first round.
Price’s better work came at range, where he could pop that long jab into Chisora’s head, squashing his nose into his face.
Through the opening rounds Chisora was the hustler, closing the gap on Price so the big Liverpudlian could not work where he wanted — at distance. Chisora would bob and weave under the jab, step to Price, and wail away short-range punches that peppered Price’s head and body.
Then, in the third, Chisora went for power. Chisora used that distance knowledge from the first two rounds to throw his heavier shots, cronking Price to the side of the head with a punch so hard the thud could be heard from press row.
Chisora opened Price up further by attaching powerful hook shots after the jab, forcing his opponent backward, almost defenseless, against the ropes.
It was only until the fourth when Price remembered what he was good at. The textbook one-two — an orthodox jab followed by an overhand right. He threw two in a row shortly after the bell to start the round, but slipped into bad habits when he let Chisora back him into a corner, to the ropes, then the inside, where he could just work his short, crisp, point-scoring punches.
A knockdown was coming. And it all happened midway through the fourth, sending Price crashing to the canvas but though it looked like he could continue, his corner threw a white towel into the ring.
—DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) October 26, 2019
The fight followed a Chisora controversy
Chisora, 35, hit headlines this week for saying he was “going to kill” and “murder this guy” at a news conference in Canary Wharf, London, on Thursday.
Chisora made the controversial comment just eight days after the death of Patrick Day, who passed away in hospital because of injuries sustained in a boxing ring.
Chisora apologized to BBC Sport, saying: “It just rolled off my tongue.”
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