Fury vs Chisora 3 trilogy – Britain’s Tyson Fury will defend his WBC heavyweight title against compatriot Derek Chisora at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on December 3.
Fury has already beaten Chisora (33-12, 23 KOs) twice, by unanimous decision at Wembley in July 2011 and by retirement in the 10th round, three years later, at ExCel in London. Doesn’t that make it a trilogy we all deserve but not the one we need right now (The Dark Knight: Batman of Gotham fame!)?
This choice of an opponent unlikely to embarrass him comes after the breakdown of negotiations for a possible fight against the British Anthony Joshua, former champion of the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight.
Undefeated Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) tweeted:
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) October 20, 2022
The Gypsy King, 34, will step back into the ring for the first time since defending his title against Dillian Whyte at Wembley in April.
Derek Chisora’s Newfound Confidence
Chisora, 38, last fought in July against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, a split decision win at London’s O2 Arena.
Perhaps, that’s why Derek Chisora sounds much more confident when he says he has a better chance of beating Tyson’s Fury in their third meeting despite losing their previous two fights in 2011 and 2014. Del Boy believes Fury’s coaching change to SugarHill Steward will make a big difference.
During their last two confrontations, Tyson was being trained by Peter Fury. Peter is known for two things in particular. He’s Tyson Fury’s uncle, and he trains tricky and elusive fighters under his supervision.
Under Peter, Fury won the WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight titles from longtime unified champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Fury’s career went into a three-year hiatus soon after as he battled alcoholism and mental health problems.
On his return to the ring in 2018, we saw him partnered by rookie trainer Ben Davison. But that didn’t last too long, either. He switched to Steward before his rematch with Deontay Wilder.
With Steward in charge, Fury adopted a much more aggressive front-foot style as he continued to knock Wilder out on back-to-back outings. Chisora - known for his no-frills inner battles – thinks this version of Fury will suit him better as a fighter. So, he’s looking forward to Tyson Fury vs. Derek Chisora 3 bout hungrier than ever.
When asked if he could beat Fury on December 3, Chisora told BT Sport:
“This time, yeah. When he was with Peter Fury, he was a very tricky fighter because Peter Fury is a very tricky trainer. You know, he likes to surprise fighters. But I think with this American trainer (SugarHill Steward), if he still trains with this American trainer. Tyson is very strong and very tall, so he has been training to use his size and strength and go forward. So, it will be interesting, but you never know.”
“For me, the biggest thing I have right now is that I’m orthodox sparring, and I have lefties in the gym because you never know what he’s going to come out as. What’s difficult is that no heavyweight out there is like Tyson. You’ve got bigger guys, but they don’t move like him. Only God knows what’s going to happen on December 3.”
Many believe the scheduled fight for Fury makes sense in anticipation of a possible clash with Usyk, and Chisora fits in well. The 38-year-old snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Kubrat Pulev in July and is well-known in Britain.
But it rarely happens that two boxers fight for the third time, especially with the first two fights with the same results.
Perhaps, that’s why many see the Fury-vs-Chisora fight as a major letdown after the Fury-vs-Joshua clash was teased for weeks. So, they are interested in this one more as a prelude to a Fury-Usyk clash next year.
In the end, as boxing fans, what we can do is keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best!