4th December 2011
Promoter Frank Warren will call on the European Boxing Union (EBU) to order an immediate rematch for Dereck Chisoara after he was denied victory against Finland’s Robert Helenius in Helsinki on Saturday night.
The Londoner had appeared to do enough to take the belt from the tall Helenius, who had been being tipped as a serious challenger to the Klitschko brothers. But Chisora boxed well, behind a high tight guard he took the fight to Helenius and worked well to the champions body to build-up what we thought was a tidy points win away from home.
The judges though overall saw it differently, and the split decision final scores read 115-113 115-113 113-115 Two judges gave it to Helenius, while one scored it in Chisora’s favour, meaning the champion retains.
Chisora’s promoter Warren was left fuming at the decision and called it one of the worst decisions he has seen in a long time.
“I’ll be speaking to the EBU as well as the other organisations about an immediate rematch, which is the only course of redress for this injustice to Dereck.” said Warren.
“Dereck really proved that he is one of the top heavyweights in the world and he’ll have Helenius’ number when they meet again.”
“Dereck really proved that he is one of the top heavyweights in the world and he’ll have Helenius’ number when they meet again
“I know that sometimes I have a moan about decisions but I don’t know how Helenius can hold his head up and claim he won the fight when he knows he lost.
“Helenius was supposed to be the next big thing and the man to challenge the Klitschkos, but Dereck totally exposed him and I’m being generous to give Helenius four winning rounds in the fight.
“It was one of the worst decisions I’ve seen in a long time,” added Warren.
American boxing coach Freddie Roach also called the decision to hand Helenius the verdict as “Just terrible”
It was a good performance from Dereck and if he can now keep himself in shape and stay in the gym, a rematch at least or another big fight could await him. The performance from Chisora proved he was far from fit and at his best against Tyson Fury in July.