DEREK CHISORA picked up his first win in THREE YEARS against Kubrat Pulev to continue his incredible career.
The 38-year-old, nicknamed War, went into the rematch of his 2016 loss to the 41-year-old Bulgarian after three defeats that led some fans to wish he would pull out.
But he bludgeoned and bulldozed his way to a majority decision victory with his two young daughters ringside in order to get revenge on “The Cobra.”
The three ringside judges scored it: 116-112 Pulev, 116-112 Chisora and 116-114 Chisora.
Chisora, who challenged Deontay Wilder after the win, said: “The last time I won a fight was three years ago… it was tough. He’s a great fighter.
“I don’t have much in me anymore, but what I have I will give you all. I want the tough fights, I want to fight everyone.”
In just 30 seconds, referee Marcus McDonnell had to warn the two violent veterans three times about scuffle tactics.
Chisora tanned Pulev’s ribs with a couple of slashed hooks and hit with two jabs.
And just before the bell, McDonnell had to duck as Pulev launched a Haymaker that Chisora dodged, nearly knocking out the official Twickenham spark.
Chisora continued to pound the Cobra’s long body in the second, but the Bulgarian absorbed the blows and leaned forward, holding the shorter racquet at every opportunity.
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Pulev’s long, straight shots in the third goal kept finding the fan favorite’s skull and shaggy beard, which is turning orange instead of silver in the twilight of Chisora’s career.
A few bumpy rounds went by before the seventh rocked the north London arena as Chisora landed three dragging right hands that sliced a wound in the corner of Pulev’s left eye.
But Del Boy was shaken badly in the eighth when he ducked for a right uppercut that shook his senses.
PUNCH STATISTICS Chisora Pulev
Overall stamp 526 796
Punches landed 171 200
% punches landed 33% 25%
The ninth round was a smash as both brave giants vowed to age shamefully, exchange vicious shots and never falter.
A second oozing gash opened up on Pulev’s grizzled face in the tenth and he spat a cloud of his blood into the air for added gore and drama. The greedy couple even exchanged an extra swipe just after the bell rang.
And the age-defying couple knocked chunks of flesh out of each other until the final bed saved them both from their own pride and resilience.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5741401/derek-chisora-wins-split-decision-kubrat-pulev/ Derek Chisora clinches first win in THREE YEARS in brutal slugfest against Kubrat Pulev with narrow decision at O2