Chisora vs Price: Here's what's at-stakeHot
On Saturday, heavyweight contenders Dereck Chisora (31-9, 22 KO) and David Price (25-6, 20 KO) will collide in what may be a major crossroads bout for both.
In fact, some insist it's a must-win situation for both as neither can afford to lose to each other without someone relinquishing a lot of relevance.
Both men face pressure.... But, different kinds.
Price has won only 6 of his last 10 bouts but is on a three-fight win streak, most recently stopping a red hot David Allen. That fight temporarily thrusted Price back into relevance and a win over Chisora would certainly keep him there.
However, a loss to Chisora would most certainly send him back to the outer dimensions of the heavyweight division. And this time, it could be permanent.
At 36, Price has yet to defeat an accomplished opponent. Every time he steps up in class, his opponent knocks him right back down.
Dereck Chisora vs David Price
Date: Saturday 26, October 2019
Location: O2 Arena, Greenwich, London
Broadcast: SKY Box Office (UK)
Promoter: Sauerland Event - Wilfried Sauerland, Matchroom Boxing - Eddie Hearn
It started with back-to-back KO loses to veteran former contender Tony Thompson in 2013 and was followed by stoppage defeats to Erkan Teper in 2015, Christian Hammer in 2017 and Alexander Povetkin and Sergey Kuzmin in 2018.
Whenever Price has faced a serious opponent, he's been KO'd.
If Price were fighting Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury, he wouldn't be expected to win so there would be very little pressure.
He could lose yet still remain somewhat relevant with a solid performance. However, on Saturday the pressure will be on David because he'll be facing a very beatable yet well-traveled, well-respected journeyman with a good name.
And if Price comes up short again, he'll likely retire or become a gatekeeper of sorts over the next few years.
Like Price, the 35 year old Dereck Chisora has also had problems defeating accomplished opponents. And like Price, we've written him off, too, on several occasions. He looked shopwarn as far back as 2014 in his rematch loss to Tyson Fury but the former rebounded. And in 2017, we definitely thought he was done when he dropped a majority decision to a little-known Agit Kabayel.
... But like Michael Myers in the Halloween movies series, Chisora refuses to submit. In July, he orchestrated an impressive KO win over a formidable foe in Artur Szpilka and had a win last year over a respected, rough and tough journeyman in Carlos Takam.
Not only has Chisora has faced better opposition than Price, he's performed much better than David when doing so. In 2016, Dereck lost a majority verdict to Dillian Whyte in a Fight of the Year candidate and, two years later, was ahead on two of the three scorecards prior to being KO'd by Whyte, now a top contender, in their rematch.
And to his credit, Chisora also dropped a slim majority decision to top 10 contender Kubrat Pulev in 2016 and was literally robbed against Robert Helenius, then a top 10 contender, in 2011.
- Ratings fact: Chisora is ranked No. 13 in the division by BoxRec; Price is No.21
Chisora, unlike Price, has certainly held his own better against established opposition and has the superior resume. And given Dereck has the perceived edge in durability, he should win. But Chisora has been inconsistent and we saw very lackluster versions of Dereck in his losses to Fury (rematch) and to an unproven Kabayel.
Should that version of Dereck show up Saturday and lose, again, to an opponent who hasn't defeated anyone of note, his stock will plummet mightily, despite his recent valiant efforts against the elite-level Whyte. No matter how good Dereck looked in those bouts, he still lost.
Should Chisora lose to Price, the former would be forced to reel off a string of wins against lesser opponents and subsequently defeat another formidable foe or two in order to restore his lost stock.
And that could take a few years. And at 35 and with a lot of wear and tear already on him, how likely would a successful comeback be?
The winners of Joshua vs Ruiz 2 and Wilder vs Ortiz 2, both heavyweight title affairs, will be seeking voluntary defenses within the next 12-18 months. Also, expect the winner of Joshua-Ruiz to vacate the WBO strap after their December showdown to honor their IBF mandatory (Kubrat Pulev) instead of facing WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk. Should that happen and that belt is vacated, Usyk or the eventual WBO belt holder will also be looking at voluntary opponent options.
Yes, it's realistic. The winner of Chisora vs Price could conceivably get a title shot in 2020 or 2021 based on his 1) name recognition 2) career momentum / hot streak 3) punching power and 4) crowd-pleasing style.
If you're Team Wilder, for example, you're looking at a tough fight next month against Luis Ortiz and possibly a Tyson Fury rematch in early 2020. Should Fury not be available, you might see Chisora or Price as a safe voluntary option until superfights with Fury, Joshua or Ruiz can be finalized.
- Ratings fact: Dereck Chisora is ranked No. 9 by the WBC
There are also several other scenarios that could lead Chisora or Price to eventual title tilts with Wilder or another champion. For instance, if Ruiz defeats Joshua and Pulev, Andy's team might look to face a fella like Chisora or Price in a stay-busy affair in between bigger match-ups.
There will be a lot at-stake Saturday when Chisora faces Price.The winner will have established good momentum and will maintain some semblance of relevance while the loser may never see it again.