It has been a big couple of weeks on the British boxing scene as last weekend Liverpool’s Tony Bellew went head to head with his nemesis, Welshman Nathan Cleverly and gained revenge for a narrow defeat to the Welshman at Light Heavyweight, by earning a points victory over him in the Cruiserweight division.
Already there is talk about a third fight between the two, with both boxers having won one fight apiece on points.
That may have to wait however as it has since emerged that Bellew has earned himself a role in Sylvester Stallone’s latest boxing epic. The new film is a Rocky spin-off, where Rocky trains the son of his former opponent-turned-friend, Apollo Creed to face off against a fearsome opponent, named in the film as Pretty Ricky Porter, with the role set to be played by Bellew.
On the same card as the Bellew – Cleverly clash, British heavyweight hope Anthony Joshua dismantled veteran Michael Sprott inside 90 seconds, while George Groves, Scott Quigg, James De Gale and Jamie McDonnell all recorded excellent wins.
This weekend though, it is another grudge match as the delayed fight between outspoken traveller Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora finally takes place.
Originally scheduled to take place in July, the match was postponed until November due to Chisora fracturing his hand in training.
Since then, Fury has been in hot water with the British Boxing Board of Control, after he launched into an expletive-filled rant at a press conference previewing the fight in June.
He was fined £15,000 as a result of that and at a press conference for the rescheduled fight, he wore a piece of tape over his mouth and refused to answer any questions, indicating only by hand gestures that he expected to knock out Chisora in the first round.
The two fighters have met once before and Fury emerged victorious, winning on points back in 2011.
Tale of the tape – Tyson Fury
From: Manchester, England
Height: 6ft 9”
Record: 21 fights, 21 wins, 0 defeats 15 Knock outs (71%)
Tale of the tape – Dereck Chisora
From: London, England (born in Zimbabwe)
Height: 6ft 1”
Record: 19 fights, 15 wins, 4 defeats 9 Knock outs (47%)
Fury v Chisora Preview
So the question remains who will win this rematch? In 2011, when the relatively unknown Fury took on Chisora, it was the latter who was regarded as the brightest heavyweight prospect. However, by his own admission, Chisora took the fight too lightly and was in poor shape for it and he claims it is this which saw Fury ultimately triumph on points.
Since then Chisora has had something of a mixed career, he has fought for the World title, losing on points to Vitali Klitchsko, lost a heated fight with David Haye and also lost to Robert Helenius, losing four fights in a run of five since his loss to Fury.
Since losing to Haye however, Chisora has won his last five fights, four by way of TKO and was impressive when beating American Kevin Johnson in February. Fury also can boast a victory over Johnson, his coming in January 2012 and since then Fury has been relatively lightly tested, fighting only twice since December 2012.
The first coming in April 2013, when he beat Steve Cunningham in Madison Square Garden by KO in the 8th and then he defeated Joey Abell in February this year by TKO in London.
Certainly it hasn’t been an ideal preparation for Fury, two fights in two years is hardly ideal preparation for a fighter who is still relatively inexperienced at the very highest levels of heavyweight boxing.
Chisora for his part feels that he has learned a great deal since that first fight back in 2011. The Londoner admitted that he wasn’t in particularly good shape for that fight and has claimed that he will knock out Fury in the rematch, even going as far as stating that it will be the easiest fight of his career.
Fury, not uncharacteristically, ridiculed the notion that Chisora would win. Ahead of the fight Fury has shaved his head and let his beard grow for three months, citing that Chisora would not be fighting against another man but instead against a “wild animal” and predicted that Chisora would be despatched from the ring in double quick time.
What is certainly true is that in the seven fights since he beat Chisora in 2011, Fury has emerged as a genuine title contender and if he can beat Chisora again on Saturday, then this will set up a mouth-watering fight against current WBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Fury however has sparred and trained with Klitschko and holds a different view “I know there is no way he will fight me – he knows there is no way he will fight me.”
Victory on Saturday night will give Fury or Chisora the chance to at least compete for the belt: Whether that is against Wladimir Klitschko, or someone else, remains to be seen.
Fury v Chisora – Bets and Tips
Bet365 are offering 4/11 on Tyson Fury winning the fight with Chisora and Chisora is the 9/4 outsider.
It is hard to argue with those prices. Chisora will be giving away a huge amount of weight and height against his much bigger opponent and while he will be in much better shape than the first fight, it is fair to say that Fury will be bigger, stronger and markedly better too.
For that reason alone, you can’t argue with the odds, nor the logic that the bigger man should triumph in the fight on Saturday night.
Better value may be available in other markets however. With both fighters stating that they are keen to get this fight over with quickly, an explosive start could be on the cards.
That doesn’t always happen of course, but there does seem to be a lot on the table for both fighters and a huge amount to lose. As such, if you think the fight will be over early, you can get 5/4 with Bet365 on it lasting under 8.5 rounds.
Lastly, if you fancy a first round knockout, you can back Fury to win in the first at 22/1 and Chisora to do likewise at 40/1.
A first round knockout may be Chisora’s best chance of success, so that 40/1 as a side bet is tempting.
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