Fury Batters Chisora

By Robert Ecksel on November 29, 2014
Fury Batters Chisora
Dereck Chisora was heroic, but Tyson Fury is the man to watch. (Nick Potts/PA Wire)

Undefeated Tyson Fury TKO’d Dereck Chisora, forcing his corner to throw in the towel at the end of round 10…

Saturday night at the ExCel Arena in London, England, Tyson Fury (23-0, 17 KOs), from Manchester, battered Dereck Chisora (20-5, 13 KOs), from London by way of Zimbabwe, forcing his corner to throw in the towel at the end of round 10.

Fighting out of the red corner in black trunks with gold trim, the undefeated Fury was too big (at 6’9 and 264 lbs.), too strong, too skilled and determined for his undersized, uninspired opponent.

Chisora, fighting out of the blue corner in black trunks trimmed in silver, fought as if he had no clue how to get past Fury’s jab. He ate punches from the opening bell. He ate punches like there was no tomorrow, perhaps a foreboding of his relevance as a credible contender.

The fight, a WBO heavyweight world title eliminator with the winner possibly earning a shot at Wladimir Klitschko, was painful to watch. To call it one-sided doesn’t do it justice.

One can’t question Chisora’s heart. His skills are another matter.

Del Boy’s trainer had to convince him to call it quits. The man is proud. He wanted to go out on his shield. But enduring two more rounds of punishment—two more rounds of watching his features mutate—with zero chance of winning—was more than his corner was willing to endure. Bleeding from his nose and mouth, one eye closed and the other closing fast, Del Boy was getting nailed by punches he no longer saw coming.

He was pummeled from pillar to post.

“Chisora never really troubled me,” said Fury after the bout, “and I didn’t take any punches from him. It was a good performance from me and there is still lots more to come, I’ll save the best for Klitschko.”

Chisora was heroic, too heroic for his own good, but Tyson Fury is the man to watch.

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In the co-main event, European middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (21-0, 11 KOs), from Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK, successfully defended his title by split decision victory over Chris Eubank Jr. (18-1, 13 KOs), from Brighton, Sussex. The controversial final scores were 115-114 twice for Saunders and 116-113 for Eubank Jr.

Fighting out of the blue corner in yellow trunks, Saunders, with his amateur pedigree and sanctioning body rankings, was expected to make short work of his opponent.

But Eubank has a pedigree of his own. Fighting out of the red corner in black trunks, with his famous father at hand, Eubank Jr. had come to fight, even if it was only in the second half of the bout.

After being outworked and outpunched for the first six rounds, the slow and moderately skilled Eubank took charge. More puncher than boxer, he muscled his way back into the fight and on our card managed to squeeze out a draw.

But the Eubank name, if not the Eubank attitude, is poison of a sort, and what came naturally to his old man feels threadbare and hand-me-down. Still, he brought it to the champ, forcing Saunders to dig deeper than he had ever had to dig before.

That the judges gave it Saunders, albeit by split decision, was no surprise. It could have gone either way. A bigger surprise was the quality of the fight, which while competitive was somewhat middling.

When it was over Eubank said, “I’m ready for a rematch. It was close. I felt like I won most of the second half of the fight.”

I’d change that to the entire second half of the fight.

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  1. Jim 11:01am, 12/02/2014

    Klitschko would destroy Fury in about a round, reduce him to Tyson Meek & Plaintive.

  2. Koolz 09:48am, 12/01/2014

    Wlad vs Fury will be worse the Wlad vs Wach and Wach was on drugs that made him take insane punishment.

    Watch that fight, Wlad rocks him all through the fight, all 12 rounds!

    After watching Wlad’s last performance I can’t even see Fury make it to the sixth round.

    Wlad is too fast, too strong, too superior in everything.  hell he fights like someone 100 pounds lighter!

  3. Eric 09:12am, 12/01/2014

    Will be interesting seeing Wlad pick on someone bigger than himself for once if for nothing else. Might actually pay to see a Fury-Wlad bout and break my streak of not paying to watch a boxing match since Nelson-Fenech I.

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:29pm, 11/30/2014

    Fury needs to get a grip about this Klitschko thingy…..his road to riches, fame, and glory run right through Stiverne after Bermane does the heavy lifting of exposing Wilder.

  5. Koolz 02:29pm, 11/30/2014

    Saunders and Eubank Jr fight was the fight of the night! 
    Saunders going for World Title Fight?  What will he do when GGG has all the belts at Middleweight?  Or are there just so many belts!  So many World Champions at middleweight now.

  6. nicolas 12:38pm, 11/30/2014

    I thought Chisora would do a lot better in this fight than he did in the first. He had after all been the busier of the two, and was robbed against Hellenius, and gave somewhat a good account of himself against Vitali.  In the first he was out of shape. However, perhaps that injury he supposedly had was a sign of forebodence to come. He did not look confident before the fight, and really for me, he seemed totally discouraged. Before one of the rounds, as he was standing up, he had the look of a man who dreaded going out for another round. At this point, a Klitschko-Fury fight would be huge. I could see this fight being a Wembly stadium fight.

  7. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 09:22am, 11/30/2014

    Looks like Fury really means it….too fookin’ bad he can’t hit harder.

  8. Eric 08:56am, 11/30/2014

    Fury has the wingspan of a condor. Wonder what his sleeve length is?

  9. Mohummad Humza Elahi 06:15am, 11/30/2014

    Atmosphere was electric for Saunders and Eubank Jr, thought Saunders should’ve got a straightforward UD, the 116-113 raised a few eyebrows.  Having said that, everyone pretty much left after that, catching the last trains home, people where still streaming out during Fury-Chisora and by the time it was done, it looked like the start of the night rather than the end.

  10. Darrell 01:11am, 11/30/2014

    I’m with Koolz on Fury…...nothing whatsoever for Klitschko to worry about.  He definitely deserved this win though as Chisora made himself as easy a target as anyone could be.

  11. Darrell 01:07am, 11/30/2014

    No way Eubank won ALL six of the last six rounds….no way!  Sure, he forced the pace and won rounds 6, 7, 8 & 12 but got outboxed, even inside, in rounds 9, 10 & 11

    In reality Eubank had only patches of physical dominance within the second half of the fight…...he was well beaten.

  12. Koolz 06:40pm, 11/29/2014

    Chisora was never really in it.  He constantly just came forward, straight forward and was peppered with jabs all night.  I didn’t see anything to special about Fury that is going to really give Wlad trouble.

    Chisora could have feinted and gone under Fury’s jab to land body shots and go for uppercuts but he basically didn’t do anything. 
    Trying to land a big overhand right all night. 

    Would like to see Fury fight Wlad though I think it would be Fury getting KO’d after multiple knockdowns, perhaps following the same game plan as Pulev.

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