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Dereck Chisora stops Pala as Frank Buglioni claims Euro crown at London’s Copper Box

13:02 01 December 2013

Dereck Chisora finishes Ondrej Pala during their WBO and vacant international heavyweight championship bout at The Copper Box. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Dereck Chisora finishes Ondrej Pala during their WBO and vacant international heavyweight championship bout at The Copper Box. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images

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Dereck Chisora stopped Ondrej Pala in the third round at the Copper Box in Stratford last night to defend his WBO International title and claim the vacant the WBA belt.

Dereck Chisora celebrates his victory over Ondrej Pala. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty ImagesDereck Chisora celebrates his victory over Ondrej Pala. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Referee Jan Christensen waved away the Czech heavyweight’s challenge after the Finchley fighter rained heavy blows on him, spinning him around in the corner and leaving him unable to defend himself after 2.25 minutes.

It saw the Londoner reocord his fourth straight stoppage of the year - equalling his best previous run than spanned 2009 and 2010 - to move his record to 19 win from 23 fights.

More importantly it staked a growing claim for a second world title shot while marking the culmination of 12 months in which Chisora has set about restoring his reputation. Last year he was the bad boy of British boxing after a series of misdemeanours culminated in him having his licence stripped following that infamous post world title defeat press conference brawl with David Haye.

His 2012 annus horribilis was then rubber-stamped by a fifth-round TKO defeat to Haye in a grudge match that was controversially sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation as neither held a British licence.

Dereck Chisora celebrates his victory over Ondrej Pala. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty ImagesDereck Chisora celebrates his victory over Ondrej Pala. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images

That defeat sparked a turning point for the 29-year-old as he reassessed his career, took anger management classes while set about trimming down and focusing on boxing.

After regaining his BBBofC licence his rehabiliatiion then began with a ninth-round stoppage of Hector Alfredo Avila at Wembley Arena in April this year, before beating unbeaten US puncher Malik Scott and tough German Edmund Gerber both inside the distance.

Last night Pala was not expected to cause the Englishman many problems, not least because he was Chisora’s third named opponent after the previous two pulled out.

Yet the Czech man started solidly, seeing Chisora walk on to a number of straight shots and then catching him with a heavy left in the second round.

Dereck Chisora (right) in action with Ondrej Pala. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty ImagesDereck Chisora (right) in action with Ondrej Pala. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images

But just as he did in the previous win over Gerber, the Londoner took a walk around the ring to compose himself before stepping up his work-rate in the third stanza.

Clubbing blows to body and head left Pala reeling and he had no answer once Chisora backed him into a corner, with the referee forced to intervene when the challenger turned his back.

Also in the Copper Box’s second outing as a boxing venue, Enfield knockout artist Frank Buglioni claimed the vacant WBO European super middleweight title with an eighth-round stoppage of plucky Stepan Horvath.

The ‘Wise Guy’ always looked in control of the bout as his Czech rival struggled to make up his height and reach disadvantage, but the smaller man had some successes in the fourth, fifth and seventh rounds.

Frank Buglioni celebrates his victory over Stepan Horvath to claim the vacant and WBO European super middleweight title. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty ImagesFrank Buglioni celebrates his victory over Stepan Horvath to claim the vacant and WBO European super middleweight title. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Buglioni too frequently took shots that a heavier puncher may have profited from, but when there is the threat of big bombs coming in the opposite direction the Brit will always have a chance.

There had been nothing flashy to suggest Buglioni was wearing his rival down but a well-placed left to the gut dropped Horvath to the mat and referee Robert Williams was obliged to give him a standing eight count.

He survived that but the writing was on the wall as the home fighter homed in on the same area and within seconds the Czech was on the canvas once more.

His corner threw in the towel but Horvath couldn’t get to his feet in time anyway and the former Repton Boys Club amateur claimed his first pro title and eighth KO victory of a thus far 11-fight unbeaten record.

Elsewhere on the support card, Penge welterweight Bradley Skeete extended his unbeaten record to 14 victories as he claimed the vacant English title with a points decision over Hornchurch veteran Colin Lynes.

Paddington welterweight Gary Corcoran (7(3)-0-0), Chingford middleweight Tom Baker (6(1)-0-0) and Islington welterweight George Kean (2(2)-0-0) extended their unbeaten fledgling careers with victories over Dai Jones (fifth-round stoppage), Kirill Psonko (points) and Danny Donchev (fourth-round stoppage) respectively.

There were contrasting fortunes for Enfield brothers Chris and Andreas Evangelou as the former lost on points to welterweight Ashley Mayall, while the latter beat Mitch Mitchell on points in a light-heavyweight contest.

Also on the night, heavyweight Scot Gary Cornish beat Ivica Perkovic in a third-round stoppage.

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