Originally written on Boxing Watchers  |  Last updated 9/2/14
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We're almost set for Vitali Klitschko to defend his WBC heavyweight title in Germany against Dereck Chisora. Epix is covering this one with Chris Mannix live on location and Dan Rafael and Freddie Roach back in the studio helping set the scene.

Mannix gets a word with Wladimir Klitschko who says that Chisora was causing some sort of stir during the hand wrapping process, calling his antics "unacceptable."

Burce Beck calls Chisora entertaining thanks to his tendency to run his mouth. We get a video package of the British heavyweight fooling around in the snow earlier this week. Rafael agrees that Chisora is good at creating drama and drumming up interest for the fight but doubts it will make Klitschko any more motivated than usual. They show the slap at the weigh-in, and Roach laughs about payback being a you-know-what and that you should protect yourself at all times.

Roach also breaks down the keys to victory. For Chisora, he says it will be important to stay low a la Mike Tyson and work the body. For Klitschko, Roach feels using his jab, staying patient and throwing his right hand efficiently will be the most effective tactics.

Both Rafael and Roach think Chisora has a chance to pull off the upset. Beck asks Roach if the challenger can fight inside and dictate the pace, which he was able to do in his last fight against Robert Helenius. 

The tale of the tape shows that Klitschko has a big height advantage, as he often does. The weight of the two fighters is actually fairly close, and Chisora is 12 years younger than the 40-year-old titleholder.



Outside Chisora's locker room, Wladimir Klitschko, the referee and promoter Frank Warren are having a conference about something. Apparently there is still a disagreement of some sort that is delaying the ring walk for the challenger. Roach thinks having a family member so close to the situation can be a negative at times, but Rafael says that no one will do a better job looking out for you than your own brother.

Now it appears we are finally ready to get down to business at the Olympiahalle in Munich. Sporting a mask over his face, Chisora comes out to "Mama Said Knock You Out" by LL Cool J. Chisora is 15-2 with nine KOs, most recently dropping a split decision to Helenius in December.

There's actually a large bell hanging over the aisle for Klitschko to make his ring walk to "Hells Bells."  Dr. Ironfist is 43-2 in his excellent pro career, with all but three of his wins coming by KO.

A loud "Vitali" chant breaks out before Michael Buffer can even get down to the formal introductions. We've also got national anthems to play through for both boxers. 

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