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Martin Bakole vs Dereck Chisora: A Classic Heavyweight Encounter Waiting To Happen

Posted: 27-05-2019
Author: Andy Farr

With former world heavyweight title challenger Dereck "Del Boy" Chisora looking for a way back to title contention he and his management need to choose opponents that fit the bill and that they see as beatable.

His second successive loss to Dillian Whyte might not seem so bad now that the Brixton man has gone on to be the WBC No1 contender and flying high as most fans top-rated heavyweight behind Messrs Fury, Joshua and Wilder. The losses that really put Chisora a long way down the heavyweight list are his November 2017 EBU title fight against Germany's Agit Kabayel in Monte Carlo and the Kubrat Pulev loss for the then-vacant EBU crown in May 2016.

Martin Bakole at a sparring session with Anthony Joshua
Martin Bakole has picked up great experience sparring unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua for his recent title defences.

It will be difficult for Chisora to be given a shot at a title in front of Whyte, Kabayel, and Pulev, stranger things have happened in the past but the Finchley, North London warrior needs a win over a name opponent who is at least on the fringes of world title contention.

One opponent that would have provided a clear way back is German Tom Schwarz, the No2 WBO ranked contender who looks very beatable on paper at least, however, Top Rank and co-promoter Frank Warren also saw the unbeaten 24-year-old as an ideal opponent for Lineal heavyweight champion  Tyson Fury's Las Vegas debut on June 24th, so "Del Boy" needs to look elsewhere.

Airdrie based Congolese Martin Bakole Ilunga fits the description perfectly for Chisora. Fresh from an excellent win over Mariusz Wach in the former world title contender's native Poland, Bakole has only 1 loss on his 13 fight record to American Michael Hunter, a former Olympian and top 10 contender.


A Chisora vs Bakole match makes sense on so many levels for both boxers and I believe would be a really tough battle of Bakole's old school skills and Chisora's experience that should be fought over the 12 round distance to see who can go forward to the top level.

Bakole has been the hired help for WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in recent training camps in Sheffield where the unified champ prepares for his title defences giving the transplanted African valuable experience at the very top level. According to Bakolie's trainer, Billy Nelson "The sparring is PPV worthy."

For Bakolie, a win over Chisora would put him on the next rung of the heavyweight ladder, would it be a bigger name on his record than Wach? It would be to the UK boxing fans who recognise that those that have beaten the Finchley resident in the past have gone on to fight for the world title.

Chisora vs Bakole would be a great fight for boxing fans all over the world, so come on Eddie Hearn, make it happen.