Disciplined Fury outboxes Chisora to earn a shot at
Tyson Fury put in his most
mature performance to date as he outboxed domestic rival Dereck Chisora to bag himself a
shot at heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko. Chisora's corner
pulled him out of the fight at the end of round 10 when it became
clear that he was unlikely to be able to win.
Despite all the pre-fight animosity, the respect both fighters
possessed for one another was clear in the opening rounds. The
fight assumed a predictable pattern as Fury kept his range and sat
behind his jab, while Chisora, giving away seven inches in height,
knew he'd only get success if he could close the gap and get in the
However, Fury's footwork and significant reach advantage allowed
him to pick off the Londoner, snapping his head back time and time
again with sharp jabs while boxing from the southpaw stance for the
majority. From very early on, Chisora's eye began to swell while
his mouth was bloodied as Manchester's Fury looked comfortable and
well in control.
As the tenth round came to a close and it was clear that Fury
had blunted all of his weaponry, trainer Don Charles decided to
withdraw a clearly despondent Chisora from the fight, handing Fury
the British and European titles as well as a potential shot at
Chisora and Fury will settle the score as they fight for the
right to face Klitschko
British heavyweight rivals Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury are
ready to settle their score as they fight for the right to face the
division's king Wladimir Klitschko.
Chisora, 30, and unbeaten Fury, 25, were due to meet in a hugely
anticipated July clash which was postponed after Chisora broke his
hand in his final spar while facing Alexander Ustinov. The 6ft 8in
Belarusian as then drafted in as Chisora's replacement, but Fury
was unfortunately forced to withdraw on the day of the fight after
his uncle and first trainer Hughie was taken seriously ill.
Now they're set to do battle at London's ExCel Arena as the
stakes remain the same. Chisora risks his European title, while the
vacant British crown is also up for grabs. But, more importantly,
the winner of this massive heavyweight showdown knows they'll earn
the right to face Ukrainian legend Wladimir Klitschko for the WBO
World Heavyweight Championship.
Chisora v Fury I
For Zimbabwe-born Londoner Chisora, this fight also presents a
chance to avenge his first career defeat, which came at the hands
of Fury when they met in July 2011.
Chisora was out of shape and un-focused that night; the
30-year-old puncher has gone on to become involve in some of the
division's biggest fights in recent years, including taking Vitali
Klitschko the distance in Munich and a huge all-British showdown
against David Haye.
On that night, Chisora had Fury in serious trouble in the second
round as he wobbled the 6ft 9in Mancunian. However, the then
23-year-old comes from tough fighting stock, and recovered well to
eventually take a narrow unanimous decision and take away Chisora's
British and Commonwealth titles, as well as his unbeaten
Since their first meeting, the two popular heavyweights have
gone in different directions. While Chisora bounced back to become
involved in huge bouts against Vitali Klitschko and David Haye,
Fury continued to build his record from the 15-0, which he reached
after beating Chisora, to today's 22-0 career slate.