Derek Chisora returns to action on Saturday at the O2 Arena and Betfair Ambassador David Haye expects him to make a statement against an awkward opponent...
"The one thing we are all positive about in the camp is the fact Derek is now taking his boxing career 100% seriously"
Szpilka will give any fighter problems
Artur Szpilka is a live opponent. He's an awkward, unorthodox southpaw. A guy who really can give a good fighter problems and Derek Chisora is fully aware of this. The Pole has a style that most fighters really don't want to deal with, and I'd say he's probably one of the most avoided heavyweights around at the minute.
Derek knows this but he finds himself presented with an opportunity that if he was to beat Artur Szpilka, there's a very strong chance he could go on to fight Joseph Parker later this year. Derek got the win over Senad Gashi last time, but it wasn't an exciting fight and he now needs a performance that will get the boxing fans talking again and let them know he is back in business and firing on all cylinders.
A win over Artur Szpilka would do just that. He won't get things all his own way on fight night and I'm anticipating a rocky road early, but his superior strength and a relentless onslaught will be too much for Szpilka.
Chisora taking it seriously
The one thing we are all positive about in the camp is the fact Derek is now taking his boxing career 100% seriously. In the past he has missed sessions and has been socialising a little too close to the fight. This time he has cut no corners. He's made sure his strength and conditioning, which has been lacking in the past, has been top-notch and is getting the solid five days a week with Dave Coldwell.
He could be accused of not doing enough sparring in the run up to previous fights but that really hasn't been the case for this one. Chisora fully realises and accepts he's fighting a tricky opponent, so he has really had to up his game in sparring and bring in some world class partners to ensure he's in peak condition and raring to go.
As far as I can see, Derek knows this is potentially his last opportunity to really show the world he deserves to fight a few of these big marquee names. He wants to put on an entertaining performance on the big stage to prove it.
Expect a late stoppage
I'm predicting a late stoppage win for Derek Chisora at the O2 Arena on Saturday. I'm anticipating Derek to have a bit of a tough time of it in the first few rounds. It'll be uncomfortable in there for him, but he is mentally prepared for that. Dave Coldwell knows what to expect and has ensured his fighter knows what is coming against a southpaw who will work to disrupt the flow of the fight.
If WAR Chisora sticks to what he's good at, keeps imposing himself, keeps working the body and doesn't get disheartened he will eventually get through. Szpilka will aim to take it into a slugfest in the middle rounds, but Derek can swing with the best of them and he has shown that many times in the past, including against Vitali Klitschko, Carlos Takam and for 11 rounds vs Dillian Whyte.
Chisora is a world class operator and he just needs the right dance partner to bring the best out of him. I'm going for a late stoppage, Chisora using his granite will to claim the desired result before the final bell.