• Vitali Klitschko v Dereck Chisora

Chisora's antics can't prevent a Klitschko victory

ESPN staff
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Vitali Klitschko was given a few scares before ultimately securing a points victory over Dereck Chisora in Germany on Saturday.

Chisora - threatened with a vicious beating after daring to slap his opponent at Friday's weigh-in - further angered the Ukrainian's vocal support by spitting water in his brother Wladimir's face prior to the first round, but was unable to back up his antics with a knockout blow as the 40-year-old defended his WBC heavyweight title with a unanimous points decision.

The Brit had his moments throughout the fight - most notably in the sixth round where he enjoyed a series of strong punches - but ultimately the judges deemed it a one-sided contest, with the scorecards reading 118-110, 118-110, 119-111.

"They can boo me, they can hate me - but I don't care," Chisora said afterwards. "As long as they are watching the sport I love, I don't mind.

"The only thing that beat me today was experience. I want another fight, I want a rematch or to fight his younger brother."

Any fears - or, after his pre-fight antics, hopes - that spectators had of Chisora proving as feeble an opponent for a Klitschko as David Haye did last May were extinguished early on, as the Englishman made his intention to attack Vitali clear with a series of searching attacks. Klitschko looked far the classier, however, as he continually picked off his opponent with the cross to build an early lead on the scorecard.

In the middle part of the fight, however, Chisora seemed to have got the measure of his illustrious opponent - looking the busier and, on occasions, the more dangerous as Klitschko appeared to be struggling for energy. Such a change in the flow of the fight was not reflected in the judges' scorecards, however, as Klitschko maintained a healthy lead when they were announced after round nine (as per WBC rules).

Chisora continued to test his opponent - a persistent tactic of pursuing body shots appearing to take away some of his opponent's power - but Klitschko was getting by with his greater skill, winning rounds from range with his precision.

By the final two rounds Chisora knew he needed a knockout to produce an unlikely victory, but one such miracle punch proved impossible as Klitschko escaped with his belt without ever really impressing - although both he and his brother Wladimir remained angry with Chisora's conduct long after the final bell had sounded.

"I am upset because I wanted to finish this fight inside 12 rounds," Klitschko said. "This was a good performance, he tried to punch me in the body but I have a good stomach! It doesn't hurt me very much!

"I have respect for Chisora as a fighter, but I do not have respect for him as a human. He showed a bad example for boxing. He came from Great Britain but he is not a gentleman."

Elsewhere, Brian Magee retained his WBA interim super-middleweight belt with a fifth-round knockout of Rudy Markussen.

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