Well, that was hair-raising.
It feels like we’ve been waiting years for Dillian Whyte to do battle with Dereck Chisora, and when the fight finally came around in Manchester it was everything boxing fans had hoped for.
It was unpredictable with some really heavy punches. It had us wincing. And boxing fans loved it, with many describing Whyte’s split-decision victory over Chisora as the best fight they’d seen.
That was the closest we've ever come to an actual real life Rocky fight #whytechisora— Angelos Epithemiou (@Epithemiou) December 10, 2016
Greatest fight I've ever seen #WhyteChisora— sir naisbett (@NaisbettK) December 10, 2016
If carlsberg did heavyweight fights... #whytechisora— Mitch Webb (@Mitch_Webb) December 10, 2016
What a fight this has been 👏🏼👏🏼 #WhyteChisora— AJ (@_hakim7) December 10, 2016
This fight is incredible #whytechisora— Jon Foster (@F0STARR) December 10, 2016
Until they showed Anthony Joshua kicking back backstage watching the bout, it was easy to forget Whyte v Chisora wasn’t the main event. In fact, after Chisora’s table-throwing antics at the press conference it wasn’t even for Whyte’s title, it was the WBC eliminator.
And it sounds weird to say but it’s actually a little sad that somebody had to lose – both fighters were so courageous, provided such great entertainment, and gave it everything they had. Nobody could have argued with a draw.
shoulda been a draw, would've loved to of watched a rematch #whytechisora— Sam (@SamTaylor_8) December 10, 2016
Very surprised Whyte won that, thought it was going to be a draw. #whytechisora— Toby Dobson (@Tobiias) December 10, 2016
Plenty felt Del Boy should have had the victory.
chisora didn't deserve to lose that, not a chance. what a fight though, unbelievable 👏🏼 #whytechisora— 𝙲𝙰𝚁𝙻𝙸𝙴 𝙼𝙰𝚁𝚃𝙸𝙽. (@carliemartin) December 10, 2016
— Matthew Etherington (@mattyethers) December 10, 2016
Chisora pushed Whyte back for the first three rounds or so, although the Body Snatcher countered very accurately and both men were taking hard hits.
But the fight came to life properly in the fifth round, with Chisora unloading some huge combinations before tiring himself out and ending up on the receiving end of some big shots from Whyte. It turned into a proper slug fest.
How is Whyte taking these punches? Unbelievable #WhyteChisora— Jez a Bell (@Tsarcastic_) December 10, 2016
This is a proper boxing match!! Who says heavyweights aren't entertaining anymore? #whytechisora— Andrew West (@barmyarnie94) December 10, 2016
Whyte carried the momentum he built at the end of the fifth on into the sixth, but both men looked shattered half-way through. A knockout looked imminent.
These 2 blowing after 6 rounds, surely a KO on the way #whytechisora— Jordan Mynes (@joemynes) December 10, 2016
As we went into the seventh things remained just as nail-biting, with neither fighter on top for long and punch after punch being thrown.
Whyte was all over the place at the end of the eighth after taking a real beating, left with his legs shaking. As the bell rang for the end of the round the Body Snatcher came back into it though, leading to what looked like the first moment the fight would turn nasty. Until that point everyone had been surprised by how clean it had been.
In the end stamina played a big part. Every time Chisora landed a big blow and sent Whyte on to the ropes he didn’t have enough in his locker to finish it, allowing Whyte back into it later in the round.
Chisora slipped in the final round, leading to a nervous moment before literally spinning Whyte moments later. Whyte came back immediately with a huge shot. But neither fighter was giving up and they won a lot of respect.
Think that was the best boxing match ive ever seen! Huge respect to both fighters. #WhyteChisora— Laura O'Connor (@LauraCCarter) December 10, 2016
Don't quite agree with the result... but what a fight... thoroughly enjoyed it and both fighters left it all in the ring! #WhyteChisora— Rick Ward (@Rick_Ward86) December 10, 2016
After a long period of insults and bad blood between the two, it was also good to see handshakes and hugs following the fight. Both men knew how much that took out of them.
Let’s just hope that one day we’ll get to see that again.