BRITAIN’S Dereck Chisora claimed the vacant WBO international heavyweight title with a sixth-round stoppage of previously unbeaten American Malik Scott at Wembley Arena on Saturday night.
The 29-year-old from Finchley was on the front foot from the start and had Scott nursing a swelling under his right eye after round one. Philadelphia-born Scott found his feet in the following couple of rounds, but was on the receiving end of some solid bodyshots in round four.
Then, after a close fifth round, Chisora floored Scott with a right hook in the sixth. The 32-year-old appeared able to continue, but did not get up until the referee had reached nine in his count and the contest was over.
Chisora, who undertook anger-management lessons and swapped binges on Jaffa Cakes for a carefully controlled diet in preparation for tonight’s bout, set his sights on a rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko immediately after his victory. “I want to go back to Germany and fight Vitali again,” he said.
Scott insisted he had beaten the count, saying: “I’m a professional. Dereck hit me with a good shot. I gave myself an eight-count and was up at nine.”