Once promising heavyweight Dereck Chisora (22-5, 14 KOs) was forced to waddle to an unimpressive 10 round decision over Brazilian journeyman Marcleo Nascimento (18-11, 16 KOs) last Saturday night at the Wembley Arena in London, England. Chisora was beaten to the punch frequently by the taller 6’4” Nascimento. Chisora wasn’t helped by him coming into the fight 20 pounds overweight.
Chisora looked like he had been training on barbecue spareribs and heavily buttered toast instead of on the lean diet that he’d talked about having in the past before his fights. Chisora struggled to land anything at all in the first four rounds of the contest. It wasn’t until Nascimento started to fade in the second half of the fight that Chisora was able to get his act together and start fighting a little bit better. But even then, Chisora kept missing with his punches over and over again. He was too dialed in to throwing his wide hooks all the time, and Nascimento was able to block the shots by keep his arms up high and then sliding to his left.
Chisora landed one of his big left hooks in the 4th round that caused Nascimento to fall into the ropes and almost drop to the canvas. Chisora might have been able to knock him down if he’d been able to land his follow up punches, but he missed badly with everything he threw.
Nascimento looked really tired in the 7th and 8th rounds and appeared ready to be knocked out. However, Chisora still was unable to land his big shots. He kept throwing hooks and they kept missing or getting blocked. If he’d been smart enough to straighten his shots out, he probably would have gotten Nascimento out of there, but Chisora doesn’t have the capability to throw straight punches for some reason.
Everything he throws is with a book to it. I know Chisora has a fighting style similar to Joe Frazier, so perhaps he’s spent too many years patterning himself after the late great fighter, and he doesn’t know how to fight smarter.
Nascimento came on a little in the 9th and 10th rounds to land some big shots on the chin of Chisora. However, by that point in the fight, Nascimento was really tired and his punches had almost nothing on them. Chisora didn’t fight as well in the last two rounds once Nascimento started showing more energy.
Chisora is hoping to get a fight against EBU heavyweight champ Erkan Teper, but after this performance I think Chisora should forget all about facing someone that talented.