'It's a joke!' – Whyte slams Chisora's corner after defeat to Usyk
Dillian Whyte tore into Derek Chisora’s team after the heavyweight’s defeat to Oleksandr Usyk and urged his fellow Brit to get ‘proper boxing coaches’ in his corner rather than ‘strength and conditioning guys’.
Former unified world cruiserweight champion Usyk, fighting at heavyweight for just the second time, produced a slick and measured display and came out on top via a unanimous points decision after 12 rounds at Wembley Arena.
Chisora appeared dazed as he stumbled backwards towards the ropes after a flurry of punches from his Ukrainian opponent in the seventh round and struggled to regain his composure from that point on, losing 117-112 115-113 115-113.
The result means Usyk remains the mandatory challenger to Anthony Joshua’s WBO belt, who watched on from ringside in London.
Commentating on the contest for BBC Radio 5 Live, Whyte – who beat Chisora in 2016 and 2018 – took aim at his former opponent’s camp for the poor instructions they gave when their man was clearly behind on points.
‘Derek’s corner are giving him the wrong advice’ a frustrated Whyte said midway through the fight.
‘They need to change something. They are not boxing people.’
Whyte was furious with the reaction of Chisora’s corner to the bell and called on the veteran heavyweight to hire a team who are going to be ‘real with him’ if he decides to return to the ring.
‘All his team got in the ring, clapping and cheering like they were happy with what he did,’ Whyte added.
‘Maybe their plan was just for him to survive the 12 rounds. Maybe.
‘They’re crazy! That’s why he needs proper boxing coaches to be real with him, not your friends.
‘This is a joke. I know I’m gonna get criticised for this but it’s a joke.’
Whyte continued: ‘You need your corner to give you good instructions as well but Derek wasn’t cutting him off, he wasn’t targeting the body.
‘I don’t know what his corner was telling him.
‘They’re not boxing guys, they’re just strength and conditioning guys, MMA guys. You need boxing coaches to tell you what to do.
‘As a fighter you know what to do, but you need someone to help you with the game-plan at times because we are all human beings, we need guidance.
‘That wasn’t in Derek’s corner. They worked him hard, got him in shape and thought that was enough. That’s not enough to beat elite guys unfortunately.’
Reacting to his unanimous point victory, Usyk said: ‘It’s a real test in heavyweight.
‘Chisora a big guy, a hard guy. I was expecting a fight like that, I was expecting even a tougher fight.
Asked about a potential fight on the horizon with Joshua, Usyk responded: ‘My plan is to go to my home and spend the maximum time with my family, training and improving myself.
‘Not just world champion, the undisputed world champion [is my aim].’
Chisora said he was ‘gutted’ for his supporters that he was unable to come away from the bout with victory.
‘I feel great. I was pushing the pace. I’m just disappointed with the result, gutted,’ he said.
‘To everybody who can’t make it, I’m gutted for everybody.
‘In the heavyweight game, you have to fight not box,
‘I gave a couple of rounds away.’
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